Fiji has copped extensive flooding as Tropical Cyclone Josie impacts the region over the past 24hrs as a Category 1 system. Above image via NOAA – Rainbow Satellite imagery
Over the past 24-48 hours, a tropical low to the West of Fiji intensified into Tropical Cyclone Josie. Since then, the system has slowly moved South East to the West and South of Nadi / Fiji’s main islands and has produced strong to damaging, squally winds along with the South Coast of Fiji with constant heavy rain over the Western half of Viti Levu which has lead to extensive flooding. Widespread falls of 75-125mm have occurred across the Western half of Viti Levu with bigger falls of 150mm being recorded in Nadi and 193mm in Lautoka (North of Nadi) and even higher localised falls being observed around both areas. This has caused flash flooding and localised inundations.
Fiji Metservice track map for Tropical Cyclone Josie
Josie is expected to remain a Category 1 system over the next several days as she tracks slowly South East towards open waters West of Tonga and South of Fiji. This slow movement will inevitably cause more unsettled weather over Fiji for the next 48 hours or so where further falls of 100-200mm is likely and isolated falls of 250mm+ are possible… however after 48hrs, conditions should begin to improve. This kind of rainfall has the ability to produce further flooding with river and creek rises, while landslips cant be ruled out either… especially around Western parts of Viti Levu. The system may also produce some moderate falls across Tonga towards Tuesday and Wednesday as it approaches the region from the West, thankfully the falls shouldnt be too over the top with minimal impacts expected.
Forecast 3 day rainfall via Windy (ECMWF model) for Fiji. Falls of 100-200mm in the orange/red areas over Western & Northern Viti Levu