Tropical Cyclone Ruby has weakened to a category 1 system and continues in its projected path meaning it will not directly affect Fiji, however a heavy rain alert that was issued yesterday remains in force for part of country.
The alert was issued for the western, northern and interior parts of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Kadavu, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, where residents have also been advised to take necessary precaution.
For the western, northern and interior parts of Viti Levu, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, expect cloudy periods with afternoon or evening showers and thunderstorms with rain developing later today. Tomorrow, expect occasional rain and thunderstorms with rain becoming frequent and heavy from Friday. For northern and western Vanua Levu and Kadavu, cloudy periods with afternoon or evening showers and thunderstorms today. Tomorrow, expect occasional showers and thunderstorms with rain developing later in the day.
Persistent heavy rain in these areas is expected to lead to flash flooding particularly in low lying areas, small rivers, creeks and crossings. It will cause poor visibility on roads and at sea, wind gusts strong enough to take down temporary sheds and tents and lightning.
Meanwhile TC Ruby has since moved out of Fiji Met Office’s Area of Responsibility and into New Zealand Met Office’s AOR and as such will take over the cyclone’s monitoring and warning responsibilities