17 Oct 2015

Tropical depression near Fiji is weakening

2:34 pm on 17 October 2015
The tracking map for the tropical depression near Fiji.

The tracking map for the tropical depression near Fiji. Photo: Fiji Meteorological Service

Forecasters in Fiji say a severe tropical depression is now moving to the southwest, but heavy rain and strong winds are still likely for much of the country.

There were fears last night that the system could develop into a tropical cyclone as it moved further south.

But a forecaster for the Fiji Meteorological Service, Ravind Kumar, says it now appears to be weakening, although there is a moderate risk it could intensify again.

He says heavy rain and strong wind warnings are still in place for much of the country, and people should be prepared.

"The heavy rain warning is still on there, but we expect that to start easing off overnight [but] all communities should remain prepared at all times and they must be vigilant."