All international students, please take note that Cyclone Keni is slowly moving towards Fiji, and we should all be expecting heavy rains and flooding. We are urging all students to take necessary precautions. Please stock up on bottled water and nonperishable foods, before the end of today (9 April). If you MUST leave your accommodations, please be sensible to not ‘check out’ any low lying or flooding areas.
For updates on the weather refer to the Fiji Meteorological Service website.
Tropical Cyclone Keni:
As you may be aware tropical Cyclone Keni is forecast to intensify during the day (today – 9 April). The weather forecast also advices of the following:
- Flash flood warning;
- Rise in river levels;
- Heavy rain;
- Strong winds; and
We advise ALL STUDENTS to:
- Boil tap water before consumption;
- Store water as there may be water cuts;
- Store candles, matches, torches and batteries;
- Charge all your gadgets and power banks in case of power outage;
- Stock up on biscuits and tinned food TODAY;
- Ensure your accommodation is secured;
- Shops around USP may have alternative operation hours due to the adverse weather and we request you make your preparations before 5pm TODAY (9 April).
Cyclone shutters were placed around Laucala campus buildings by E&I and Commercial and Library this weekend as a precautionary measure
For additional Cyclone Shutters please call E&I maintenance Helpdesk or Commercial Office for Staff housing and Student Halls
You Are Requested to Do the Following Before you leave your places of work today
- Secure all windows and doors ensure they are locked and shut well
- Switch Off All Electrical items and Remove Plugs from Power Points, Air conditioners from power points, except for temperature controlled environments liker Servers and Biological Specimen Holding areas where constant air conditioning is essential.
- Plastic Bags to Protect your workplace from rain damage – move rain perishable items away from windows, Place perishable items in Plastic Bags for added protection and tie them securely
- Plastic bags to “ Bag ” Computers
- Marine Vessels at Lower Campus – ensure all marine vessels are secured safely on land
Flood Prone Drains & Areas Laucala Campus – School of Engineering Drains, School of Land Management Drains FBE Carpark, School of Accounting & Finance, Drains at Back of Gym, Drains beside IAS Labs Lower Campus, Drains beside E&I workshops and office.
Staff in these areas are to take extra precautions today, to mitigate flooding damage to your workplaces.
- For lecturers conducting face to face learning and teaching activities this week, discuss with your students alternative arrangements in light of safety risks to your students given the adverse weather warnings.
- For Field Study Trips over this week, by USP staff and students, postpone activities planned for this week are still safe to travel over the next 24 hours.
- Absolutely no travel out to Sea this week
- Absolutely no travel to flood prone low lying areas Rakiraki,Tavua,Naitasiri,Ba,Navua,Nadi and Labasa Plains area
ALL STAFF & STUDENTS includes Laucala Campus Resident Staff and Students
- Do store up on drinking water enough for 3 days , use buckets and containers, collect rain water it’s freely available
- Charge Up Mobile Phones, laptops , Emergency Lights and Batteries enough for 3 days
- Check Hurricane shutters of your dwellings , have them ready to be placed up when required
- Store up on non-perishable food items enough for at least 3 days
Cyclone Shelter Laucala Campus
The Main Campus Cafeteria Building is the designated cyclone shelter for the campus
It has a backup generator, Wi-Fi access, Water Tanks and large space for holding up to 300 people.
Residential Officers and Mr. Sekove of Commercial can be contacted when required for access to this building.
Contacts Laucala Campus Resident Staff and Students
All Laucala Campus resident staff and students are to call Commercial team for any maintenance, power and water issues
Staff Residents: Call Sekove – Mobile 9990325
Student Residents: Call Dorothy – Mobile 9233952 Alfred – Mobile 9227474
USP Security 24/7 Control Center: 9380035
E&I on Call Supervisor- Matin: Mobile 9927202
USP DISMAC – Dr Roman: Mobile 8669765
Living in Flood Prone Areas
Staff and Students at Laucala campus who reside in flood prone low lying areas out of Suva , may be excused to leave earlier today from the campus for your safety.
Supervisors are requested to be mindful of these circumstances and give permission to their requests.
Further Safety Advisory and Campus Closure Message for Wednesday will be issued on Tuesday (10/4/18) afternoon or evening.
Remain Vigilant and be updated by the regular radio weather bulletins as well as your USP email.
Special Weather Bulletin Number ELEVEN for Fiji ON TROPICAL CYCLONE KENI
ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 10:58am on Monday the 9th of April 2018
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING
A GALE WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR WESTERN HALF OF VITI LEVU FROM RAKIRAKI
THROUGH NADI TO SERUA INCLUDING THE INTERIOR OF VITI LEVU, YASAWA AND MAMANUCA GROUP, KADAVU AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS.
A TROPICAL CYCLONE ALERT REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE REST OF VITI LEVU, LOMAIVITI AND SOUTHERN LAU GROUP.
A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE REST OF VITI LEVU, VANUA LEVU,
TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, LAU AND LOMAIVITI GROUP.
A HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE WHOLE OF FIJI.
A FLOOD WARNING/ALERT REMAINS IN FORCE FOR PARTS OF FIJI. For more information, refer to the latest Special Weather Bulletin on Flood issued by RSMC, Nadi at www.met.gov.fj/aifs_prods/20016.txt
TROPICAL CYCLONE KENI CENTRE 994HPA CATEGORY 1 WAS LOCATED NEAR 16.7 SOUTH 170.7 EAST OR ABOUT 730 KILOMETRES WEST OF NADI AND 660 KILOMETRES WEST OF VIWA AT
9:00 am. POSITION POOR. TROPICAL CYCLONE KENI IS CURRENTLY MOVING EAST-SOUTHEAST AT ABOUT 13 KM/HR. CLOSE TO ITS CENTRE, THE CYCLONE IS EXPECTED TO HAVE AVERAGE WINDS OF 75KM/HR AND MOMENTARY GUSTS TO 100KM/HR. TC KENI IS EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY FURTHER AS IT MOVES TOWARDS FIJI. MEANWHILE, AN ACTIVE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE WITH ASSOCIATED CLOUD AND RAIN REMAINS SLOW MOVING OVER FIJI.
ON THIS TRACK, THE TROPICAL CYCLONE CENTRE IS EXPECTED TO BE LOCATED ABOUT 410 KM OF WEST OF VIWA OR ABOUT 480 KM WEST-NORTHWEST OF NADI AT 9PM TONIGHT AND ABOUT 150 KM SOUTHWEST OF VIWA OR ABOUT 170KM OF WEST-SOUTHWEST OF NADI AT 9AM TOMORROW.
DAMAGING WINDS MAY BEGIN SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE THE CYCLONE CENTRE PASSES OVERHEAD OR NEARBY.
FOR WESTERN HALF OF VITI LEVU FROM RAKIRAKI THROUGH NADI TO SERUA INCLUDING THE INTERIOR OF VITI LEVU, YASAWA AND MAMANUCA GROUP, KADAVU AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS:
WINDS INCREASING TO DAMAGING GALE FORE WITH AVERAGE SPEED OF 75KM/HR AND MOMENTARY GUSTS TO 100KM/HR FROM EARLY TOMORROW MORNING. PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS, BECOMING FREQUENT FROM TOMORROW. FLOODING, INCLUDING OF SEA FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS. DAMAGING HEAVY SWELLS.
FOR THE REST OF VITI LEVU, LOMAIVITI AND SOUTHERN LAU GROUP:
FRESH TO STRONG NORTHWEST TO EASTERLY WINDS WITH SPEEDS OF 35 TO 55 KM/HR AND MOMENTARY GUSTS TO 80 KM/HR. WINDS MAY FURTHER INCREASE TO DAMAGING GALE FORCE WINDS FROM MID MORNING TOMORROW. PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS, BECOMING FREQUENT FROM TOMORROW.
FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS. SEA FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS EXPECTED FROM TOMORROW
FOR VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS AND NORTHERN LAU GROUP:
FRESH TO STRONG NORTHWESTERLY WINDS WITH SPEEDS OF 35 TO 50KM/HR AND MOMENTARY GUSTS TO 80KM/HR. PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS.FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS.
The following information is provided especially for the mariners:
FOR YASAWA AND MAMANUCA WATERS, SOUTHWEST VITI LEVU WATERS, VATU-I-RA AND KADAVU PASSAGES:
EXPECT WINDS OF GALE FORCE AND HIGH SEAS WITHIN 120 NAUTICAL MILES OF CENTRE
FOR SOUTHERN KORO SEAS AND SOUTHERN LAU WATERS:
NORTHWEST TO EASTERLY WINDS 25 TO 30 KNOTS, GUSTING TO 40 KNOTS. ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH. WINDS MAY FURTHER INCREASE TO DAMAGING GALE FORCE WITH HIGH SEAS AND DAMAGING HEAVY SWELL FROM TOMORROW.
FOR REST OF FIJI WATERS:
NORTHWESTERLY WINDS 20 TO 30 KNOTS, GUSTING TO 40 KNOTS.ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH.
THE NEXT SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN FOR FIJI ON TROPICAL CYCLONE KENI WILL BE ISSUED AROUND 2:00 PM TODAY OR EARLIER.