Tropical low between Vanuatu and Fiji dropping heavy rain

Tropical low between Vanuatu and Fiji dropping heavy rain

A new tropical cyclone, currently designated Invest Area 91P, is brewing between Vanuatu and Fiji while dropping heavy rain over parts of Vanuatu. The system is currently almost stationary NE of Vanuatu and expected to start moving toward Fiji. 

At 06:00 UTC (17:00 local time) on April 6, 2018, the center of this developing system was located 490 km (300 miles) NE of Port Vila, Vanuatu and 860 km (540 miles) SE of Suva, Fiji.

Over the past 6 hours, the system was moving in a westerly direction at 2 km/h (1.2 mph) and is expected to intensify further into a tropical cyclone as it moves towards Fiji.

Invest Area 91P forecast track April 6, 2018

Credit: VMGD

Heavy rainfalls and flash flooding are expected over Torba, Sanma, Penama and Malampa provinces today and continuing tonight, the Vanuatu Meteorological and Geo-hazards department warns. Flooding is also expected over low lying areas and areas close to the river banks, including coastal flooding over the islands in those provinces mentioned.

People are advised to listen to Radio Vanuatu and all other Radio Outlets to get the latest information on this system, VMGD added.

A heavy rain warning is in force for entire Fiji, RSMC Nadi said today. 

Periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms are forecast for Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Vanua Levu, Western Division, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lomaiviti and Northern Lau Group. Localized heavy rainfall in this region may lead to flooding.

Residents of both countries are invited to follow the evolution of this system and prepare for strong winds, heavy rain and floods.

Invest Area 91P at 10:40 UTC on April 6, 2018

Invest Area 91P at 10:40 UTC on April 6, 2018. Credit: JMA, Himawari-8

Invest Area 91P 3hr precipitation accumulation by 09z on April 6, 2018

3hr precipitation accumulation by 09:00 UTC on April 6, 2018. Credit: earth.nullschool.net

Featured image: Invest Area 91P at 10:40 UTC on April 6, 2018. Credit: JMA, Himawari-8

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