Tropical Cyclone Mal

Tropical Cyclone Mal upgraded to Category 2

The earlier Tropical Depression was upgraded to a category one cyclone last night, and as predicted is now a category two system.

Fiji Meteorological Service Acting Director, Bipen Prakash says they expect it to remain a category two.

“Tropical Cyclone Mal has further developed into category two system earlier this morning at around 6am. While we are expecting that it will maintain category two status, we are very carefully monitoring its further development.”

For a Category 2 cyclone, you can expect the following conditions and impacts:

Fiji has its first tropical cyclone for the season, a category-one system

The Fiji Meteorological Service said tropical cyclone Mal is a category one system.

Schools in Fiji are closed on Tuesday, and Wednesday local time, and all public servants have been instructed to work from home.

Fiji's Metservice said at 3am local time, Mal was positioned about 450km West of Rotuma - Fiji's northern most island - and about 720km north west of Nadi.

It's moving south, south eastward at about 28kmph.