Cyclone likely to form tonight with Fiji in its path

A tropical depression continues to strengthen as it moves towards Fiji, and is forecast to intensify into a cyclone tonight.

Satellite image from Japan's Himawari satellite, shows the tropical depression near Fiji (in pink) in the process of forming into a cyclone. Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

The system is forecast to swerve south of Rotuma tonight, before tracking close to a major town, Labasa, tomorrow as a category one or two cyclone.

The Fiji Meteorological Service said it was then likely to move close to Tonga's main islands as a category two over the weekend.

Heavy wind and rain warnings are now in force for much of Fiji, with coastal flooding also forecast for Rotuma.