Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji (April 9, 2018)

Location: Fiji, Tonga


Fiji: Tropical Cyclone Keni is forecast to pass by Fiji on Tuesday, April 10 as a Category 2 or Category 3 cyclone, causing destructive winds, waves, and flooding.  A tropical cyclone warning is in force for the western half of Viti Levu, the Yasawa and Mamanuca islands, Kadavu and smaller islands.  A tropical cyclone alert remains in effect for the rest of Viti Levu, Lomaiviti and the Southern Lau group.  A strong wind warning and heavy rain warning remain in force for all of Fiji.  A flood warning/alert remains in force for low-lying and river-adjacent areas of Fiji.  Many parts of the Fiji islands, particularly in the Northern and Western Divisions, are experiencing severe flooding.  Roads have been affected by mudslides and international and domestic flights have been delayed and cancelled through Tuesday.

Tonga: Tropical Cyclone Keni is forecast to pass by Tonga on April 11, 2018.  A gale-force wind alert is now in force for Tongatapu and ‘Eua.


Actions to Take:

Seek secure shelter.

Prepare for severe weather by ensuring an adequate supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, medications, and vital documents.

Monitor the local news for updates.

Avoid travel to low-lying areas until the storms have dissipated and flood waters have receded.  If you are travelling, be cautious of inclement weather reducing visibility and making roads slick.  Be cautious of swollen streams, washed out roads, bridges and other infrastructure, and have an alternate plan if such obstacles prevent you from reaching your destination.  Fording flooded areas on foot or in a vehicle should be avoided if at all possible.


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