Severe weather hits US Southeast

In South Carolina, Jason Matthews, 66, died Monday when strong winds flipped his mobile home several times, Union County Sheriff David Taylor said.

"He was barely alive when (his) brother found him. By the time EMS and law enforcement could get to him he had died from his injuries," Taylor said.

Earlier, in Florence, Mississippi, 52-year-old Jacqueline Williams was on the phone Monday morning with 911, trying to direct rescuers after her vehicle went off the road into a creek, Rankin County Coroner David Ruth said. She was unable to get out and died.

Wet weather causes strife in several Pacific nations

The northwest of Fiji's Viti Levu is struggling as rain that has fallen for several days continues.

There has been extensive flooding, some schools have been closed and some residents have been forced to move to evacuation shelters.

Another storm system is forecast for later this week.

Fiji on flood alert

A heavy rain warning remains in force for the whole of the Fiji group as an active trough of low pressure is slowly moving over the country.

Media reports said as a result of the heavy rain all roads to Rakiraki are closed.

The town was badly hit by flooding in December when a tropical depression caused disruptions across much of Fiji.


Photo: Supplied (Flooding in Fiji's west, 15 December 2016). 

Strong winds, heavy rain cause chaos in Fiji

The system is now expected to possibly intensify into a category one cyclone later today.

At least ten families were evacuated in Navosai overnight after flood waters entered their homes.

A main highway in the capital Suva has been blocked by a landslide, and some powerlines have fallen due to strong winds.

Fiji's power authority said technicians were looking into the issue and there was no time frame on when power would be restored in the affected areas.

'Unbelievable' storm batters Australia

Rain and wind continue to batter southern New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, with king tides adding to the coastal destruction.

Erosion at Sydney's Collaroy Beach has forced the evacuation of multi-million dollar homes, which are now in danger of collapsing.

The storm cut power to 86,000 homes in NSW at the weekend, and thousands are still without power.

On Monday morning, a man's body was found in the Cotter River near Canberra. Police said the 37-year-old was caught in floodwaters at a river crossing.

Tropical depression brings flooding to Fiji's Vanua Levu

Amit Singh, a senior forecaster at the Fiji Meteorological Service, said the system, TD17F, made landfall on the northern island yesterday, bringing with it heavy rain and strong winds.

He said Vanua Levu received 24-hours of very heavy rainfall, which has flooded low-lying areas and damaged crops, according to reports received by the service.

Flooding continues as cyclone heads towards Fiji

As of 6am Cyclone Zena was located approximately 740km west of Nadi.

Fiji Metservice said the category 2 cyclone was a fast-moving system and was intensifying and gale force winds were expected to reach Fiji by this afternoon or evening.

Flooding in Fiji has cyclone-hit towns fleeing again

About 200 people were expected to shelter at Tavua District School in the northwest of the main island, Viti Levu.

One of the school buildings still has a gaping hole in its roof after the category five Cyclone Winston tore through little more than a month ago.

More flash floods expected, as movement restricted in Fiji's Western division

The Acting Director for Fiji Meteorological Service, Misaeli Funaki told Newswire that Tropical Depression (TD15F) is bringing in a lot of rain and more flooding is expected.

“High tide is coming in which will cause more flash flood in most areas. This likely to be the case of today and tomorrow.

The tropical disturbance is located just South-West of Kadavu. Right now the concern for us is the heavy rain and the flash floods it’s bringing,” said Funaki.

Funaki said the heavy rain warning still remains in force for the whole of the Fiji group.

Flooding hits Fiji's Viti Levu island

FBC News says the Nadi Back Road is under water and all traffic is being diverted through the main town.

Navua is also experiencing heavy rain however there are no reports of flooding.

A flood warning remains in force for the low lying areas and adjacent to Rakiraki town.