Tropical cyclone Tomas is currently estimated to have average winds of 95 knots with momentary gusts to 130 knots (240km/hr)
close to centre. The system is expected to intensify a little further perhaps reaching maximum intensity tonight or early tomorrow.
The projected path of TC Tomas takes it right across the Lau group
tomorrow after its centre passing just east of Vanua Levu and Taveuni
tonight. As indicated earlier, most of Northern Division and whole of
Eastern Division are expected to be severely affected by destructive
Storm Force (48-63 knots) to very destructive Hurricane Force (over 63
knots) winds from the cyclone.
The relatively slow movement
of the cyclone will mean prolonged effect of both high winds and heavy
rain. As in case of Cikobia Island, people can expect battering of their
houses and shelters by high winds for 12 hours or more.
Flooding from the sea due to TC associated storm surge and wave effect
should be major concern for low lying coastal areas especially at the
time of high astronomical tide.…
15 Mar 0313 0.5m
1551 0.5m 2200 1.6m
16 Mar 0359
0.6m 1013 1.7m
1642 0.6m 2253 1.5m
Mar 0449 0.7m 1103 1.7m
1737 0.6m 2352 1.4m
Source: Fiji Times. Without permission…