Cyclone Keni expected to intensify on approach to Fiji

Fiji‘s meteorological service says Cyclone Keni is still a category two storm but expected to intensify further as it moves closest to Fiji at around midday today.

Tropical Cyclone forecast track map Photo: Fiji Meteorological Service

At 5 am local time it was located 340 km west of Nadi moving east south east at 20 km an hour and expected to pass within 170 kilometers of the town.

Damaging gale force gust warnings are in place especially for Viti Levu, the Kadavu group and Southern Lau group.

The Met Service Director, Ravindra Kumar, said last night the impact would be dramatic with about 150 millimetres of rain expected over a 24 hour period and flooding.

The cyclone comes to Fiji on the tail of a week of rain and Cyclone Josie the previous weekend.

Meanwhile Tonga disaster officials have called for people to be on alert with Keni posing a threat for the south of Tonga by Wednesday.