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Event: TC Tropical Cyclone
Number: 2018-000036
Country: FJI Fiji
Location: Viti Levu Island
Date (YMD): 2018-3-31
Duration: 4
Magnitude: 1.0
Information Source:GDACS, JTWC, VMGD, RSMC, Media
Comments: Tropical Cyclone JOSIE formed 31 March closed to Fiji and started moving south-east, strengthening. On 3 April at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 570 km south-west of Tongatapu island (Tonga) and it had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h. Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue heading south-east over the South-West Pacific Ocean, away from land, weakening. Heavy rain with local thunderstorms may continue to affect Fiji and Tonga over 3-4 April. Fiji Meteorological Service has issued, as of 3 April, a heavy rain warning for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller island, Lau and Lomaiviti group, as well as a heavy rain alert, remain in force for the rest of Fiji. They also issued, as of the same date, that a flood alert is in effect for low lying areas, small streams and areas adjacent to the downstream of Dreketilailai station to Qawa river. Media reported, as of 3 April, that four people have been killed in Viti Levu Island (Fiji) and 1 800 people were evacuated into 35 evacuations centres, mostly in Western Division.
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