As of 06:00 (local time) on Tuesday, April 3, ex-Tropical Cyclone Josie was located approximately 310 km south of Kadavu, and was moving south-southeast away from Fiji at 8 kph (5 mph). Nevertheless, average winds on Tuesday are expected to reach up to 55 kph (34 mph) in some areas with momentary gusts of up to 85 kph (52 mph). As of Tuesday morning, the Fiji Meteorological Service has maintained warnings for strong winds and heavy rains for all of Fiji.
At least four people were reportedly killed by the storm in Ba, Lautoka, and Uciwai districts; one person remains missing in Sabeto. According to local sources, all schools will remain closed in Ba, Rakiraki, Tavua, and Nadi through at least Wednesday, April 4.
Cyclone season in the region typically lasts from November to April but storms can occur outside this period.
Individuals present in Fiji are advised to monitor local weather reports and follow all instructions as issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders). In the event of flooding, remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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