The Fiji Meteorological Service issued a tropical cyclone warning at 08:33 (local time) on Thursday, January 3, for Vanua Levu, Tavenui, nearby smaller islands, and Lau and Lomaiviti group as a tropical depression moves towards the islands. As of 05:00, the system was located approximately 220 km (136 mi) north of Rotuma and moving southeast at 30 km/h (19 mph). Authorities warned that the storm may strengthen into a tropical cyclone within the next 12-18 hours. The storm is forecast to make landfall on Vanua Levu island on Friday, January 4. A gale warning is also in effect for Rotuma. Damaging winds, heavy rain, and flash flooding is possible throughout the region as the storm moves through the area. Transportation disruptions are possible at least through Saturday, January 5.
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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