Tropical Depression TD03F is likely to strengthen to a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h (40 mph) on approach to Fiji over the coming hours as of forecasts on Monday, December 31. According to the Fiji Meteorological Service, the storm may bring winds gusting up to 90 km/h (56 mph) to Rotuma from Monday afternoon (local time), to Vanua Levu, Taveuni, and northern Viti Levu from Monday evening, and to Lau and Lomaiviti group on Tuesday, January 1. Periods of heavy rainfall are forecast in affected areas.
Localized flooding, transportation disruptions (e.g. road closures, flight delays and cancelations), and power outages are to be expected over the coming hours.
Cyclone season in the region typically lasts from November to April.
Individuals in the affected areas should monitor local weather reports, confirm travel plans, avoid low-lying areas, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; all items having come into contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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