28 May 2013

Heavy rain warning cancelled in Fiji

8:30 pm on 28 May 2013

A heavy rain warning in Fiji's Eastern Viti Levu and Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, has been cancelled.

The Fiji Meteorological Service says in the Western Division and Lautoka there were reports of flash flooding and rainfall in excess of 100 millimetres yesterday, but this has since eased.

However it says strong wind and damaging heavy swell warnings are now in place for the low lying coastal areas of Southern and Western Viti Levu, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Lomai Viti, Southern Lau and the Yasawa and Mamanuca group.

Severe weather forecaster, Shalwin Singh, says this is because of an intense high pressure system sitting to the far south west of Fiji.

"And it is expected to direct heavy southerly swells over Fiji by tomorrow. We do expect some sea flooding of low lying coastal areas, especially tomorrow and on Thursday, but we expect the swells to gradually abate by Friday."

Shalwin Singh says they are advising the public to to mindful and stay away from these low lying areas, as they can be exposed and inundated with heavy swells coming in.