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DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION NEWS & WEATHER UPDATE 3pm

DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION NEWS & WEATHER UPDATE 3pm

WEATHER UPDATE
Weather Bulletin Issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre Nadi at 3:30pm on Saturday the 14th of March 2015 A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR LAND AREAS OF THE WESTERN HALF OF VITI LEVU, YASAWA AND MAMANUCA GROUP, VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, KADAVU AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, LAU AND LOMAIVITI GROUP. A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR LAND AREA AND WATERS OF ROTUMA. A HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR FIJI.

For more information, refer to the latest Special Weather Bulletin on Heavy Rain issued by RSMC, Nadi at http://www.met.gov.fj/afis_prods/20014.txt

Situation: Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam Centre 896hpa Category 5 was analysed near 21.2S 169.5E or about 910km west-northwest of Nadi at 3pm today.

It is moving south at 25km/hr. The associated active rain bands is anticipated affect the group till tomorrow. Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group: Strong northerly winds with average speeds of 45 to 60km/hr and momentary gusts to 80km/hr over the Western half of Viti Levu, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti group.

Winds easing and becoming predominantly northwestly later tomorrow. Elsewhere fresh northerly winds, gusty at times. Occasional rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms. Rain easing to showers from tonight. Flash flooding of low lying areas possible. Rough to very rough seas.

PUBLIC ADVISORY

Members of the Public wishing to travel on the Navala road are advised that the bridge at Navala Village is currently underwater.

Members of the public are advised not to try crossing the flooded bridge.

EVACUATION CENTRES

4 evacuation centres still remain open with 3 in the Western Division and 1 in the Northern Division. Please refer to table below.

Evacuation Centre
Number of People
Votua Catholic School
12
Naloto District School
38
Khalsa Primary School
6
Holy Cross (Wairiki)
100
TOTAL
156
ROADS & TRANSPORT UPDATE
1. Please find attached the latest update as of 1600hrs Saturday 14th March 2015 detailing FRA’s current status and flooding/damage to road infrastructure caused by the heavy rain and wind associated with Cyclone Pam. The next situation report will be issued at 0800, 15/3/2015.
2. Patterson Shipping has suspended its services to the Northern Division today until further notice.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Fire (dial 911)
Police (dial 917)
Ambulance (dial 919)
National Disaster Management Office (3319250)
Fiji Meteorological Office (6724888)

For a copy of today’s brief on Tropical Cyclone Pam please click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-ivcFMxaxc

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