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Tropical cyclone Keni upgraded to hurricane status
7:32 pm GMT+12, 09/04/2018, Fiji

 Tropical Cyclone Keni has now been upgraded to Hurricane Keni.

Director Fiji Meteorological Service – Ravin Kumar says Hurricane Keni is maintaining its track as category three system and is moving towards Fiji.

“And it continues to further intensifies, the potential for it to intensify into a category three system still remains there but we will have to further monitor the movement and as for now it has the potential to further instensify.”
 
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is advising all Fijians to be on high alert and prepare to the highest levels as Tropical Cyclone Keni intensified into a Category 2 storm overnight then intensified further into Category 3 this morning.
 
6AM forecast and threat track maps released by the Fiji Meteorological Services this morning (Tuesday) indicate that Tropical Cyclone Keni is expected to pass south of Nadi before tracking south easterly then making landfall over Kadavu.

Category 3 cyclones can bring very destructive winds that can cause power disruptions and some roof and structural damages to homes.
 
While the whole Fiji Group must remain alert due to heavy rain and strong wind warnings in place for the whole group, this cyclone advisory is especially for the following areas: Viti Levu, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Beqa, Vatulele, Lomaiviti, Moala, Totoya, Matuku, Southern Lau Group, Kadavu and Nearby Smaller Islands (Matanuku, Ono, and Galoa)
 
Communities in Vatulele, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands (Matanuku, Ono, and Galoa) can expect destructive storm force winds with average speed of 100km/hour and momentary gusts to 140km/hr. From later today, they can expect these winds to increase to destructive hurricane force winds with average speed of 120km/hr and momentary gusts to 170km/hr. These winds may bring etensive
 
Those in Southwest Viti Levu, from Lautoka through Sigatoka to Navua, the Mamanuca Group and Beqa, can expect damaging gale force winds with average speed of 80km/hr and momentary gusts to 110km/hr increasing to destructive storm force winds with average speed of 100km/hr and momentary gusts to 140km/hr from midday today.
 
For Yasawa and the rest of Viti Levu, the public can expect damaging gale force winds with average speed of 80km/hour and momentary gusts to 110km/hr from mid-morning today.

For communities in Lomaiviti Group, Moala, Totoya, Matuku, and Ono-i-Lau, winds will increase to damaging gale force with average speed of 80km/hour and momentary gusts to 110km/hr from later today.
 
The rest of Fiji may experience strong winds then increasing to damaging gale force winds later today.
 
Four hazards pose a great risk to communities this week: heavy rain, flash floods, very destructive cyclonic winds, storm surges, and thunderstorm.
 
Forecasts are being provided continuously but may change at any time. Members of the public are advised to stay informed for regular updates on all media for further alerts or advisories from authorities.

SOURCE: FBC NEWS/NDMO/PACNEWS


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