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Event: TC Tropical Cyclone
Number: 2019-000180
Country: FJI Fiji
Date (YMD): 2019-12-27
Information Source:Fiji Meteorological Service office and National Disaster Management Committee (DISMAC)
Comments: On the 12 December, a tropical depression formed over the south-eastern part of Vanuatu approaching the Fiji group from the North West. It had picked up momentum over the last 48 hours and has developed into a category 2 cyclone and was named Tropical Cyclone (TC) Sarai. It is projected to reach the Mamanucas and the Yasawa group in the next 72 hours and also to increase intensity within that time period. The Fiji Meteorological Service office and National Disaster Management Committee (DISMAC) have issued a warning to all mariners, and people living along the coastal areas and rivers to move to higher ground in case of a storm surge or flood. Winds of up to 180-195km/h are expected with heavy rain & thunderstorms. Strong winds are expected to bring down trees and some structures in its path. Flooding along the low-lying areas near the Ba River and cane belt is expected and landslides are also predicted. People are discouraged from crossing flooded rivers in the course of the disaster. TC Sarai is expected to cut across Viti Levu into Tailevu North reaching the Lomaiviti group in the next 2 days moving on to the Southern Lau group.
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