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Event: TC Tropical Cyclone
Number: 2018-000037
Country: FJI Fiji
Location: Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga
Date (YMD): 2018-4-9
Time:
Duration: 4
Magnitude: Tropical Cyclone Category 1
Information Source:GDACS,JTWC,Fiji Meteorological Service, RSMC, Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department, Local media
Comments: Tropical Cyclone KENI formed over the South West Pacific Ocean close to Vanuatu and started moving south-east on 8 April. On 9 April at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 330 km north-east of Port Vila (Vanuatu) and 640 km north-west of Viti Levu Island (Fiji). It had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm). Over the next 48 hours, it is forecast to keep heading southeast, strengthening, and it could pass south-west of Viti Levu Island on 10 April early morning UTC and south-west of Tonga in the evening. Heavy rain with local thunderstorms and strong winds may occur over several areas of Vanuatu and Fiji. The Fiji Meteorological Service has published, as of 9 April, that a storm warning is in effect for the southwest of Viti Levu, Vatulele and Kadavu, a gale warning is also in force for the rest of Viti Levu, Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Lomaiviti group, Moala, Totoya, Matuku and Ono-i-lau. They also report as of the same date, that a strong wind warning and a heavy rain warning remain in force for the whole Fiji as well as a flood warning is in effect for lying areas, small streams and areas adjacent to the downstream in Viti Levu. Local media reported, as of 9 April, that over 260 people have been evacuated in Yasawa and Koro Islands (Fiji). They also reported, as of the same date, that nine evacuation centers remain open in Labasa city (Vanua Levu island, Fiji).
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