The general public has asked to maintain vigilance and prepare themselves well as Fiji braces for TC Gita tonight.
On February 20, 2016, many were caught by surprise when TC Cyclone Winston, a category five system, ravaged Fiji with destructive winds, storm surges and heavy downpour, claiming forty-four lives and resulting in damages costing the economy close to $3 billion dollars. Many Fijians are still reeling from the aftermath of that disaster.
With TC Winston in mind, Fijians are now being warned again to be vigilant and prepared for TC Gita.
Owners of livestock and families who live in low lying areas and coastal flats are reminded to seek shelter on higher grounds.
Families are asked to closely monitor the weather situation and stock up on emergency supplies, including ropes, candles, kerosene, batteries, water and torches.
Hurricane warning remains in force for Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa while storm warning is in force for the rest of the Lau Group. A strong wind warning remains in force for the rest of Fiji.
According to the latest weather bulletin release at 3pm today, Category 4 TC Gita was located at 60km SSW of Ono-i-Lau and 390km SE of Kadavu at 2pm.
TC Gita is moving westwards at 25km per hour. On this track the cyclone’s centre is expected to be located at 250km WSW of Ono-i-Lau or about 250km SSE of Kadavu at 2am tomorrow and about 280km SSW of Kadavu or 430km West of Ono-i-Lau at 2pm.
At the height of the cyclone Vatoa and Ono-i-Lau will experience destructive hurricane force winds with an average speed of 195km/hr and maximum speed of 275km/hr and
TC Gita will be associated with heavy rain, destructive winds, coastal flooding and very rough seas.