Overall Green alert Tropical Cyclone for MAL-23
in Fiji

Event summary

Tropical Cyclone MAL-23 can have a low humanitarian impact based on the maximum sustained wind speed, exposed population and vulnerability.

GDACS ID TC 1001033
Name MAL-23
From - To 13 Nov - 16 Nov
Exposed countries Fiji
Exposed population No people in Category 1 or higher
Maximum wind speed 139 km/h Category 1
Maximum storm surge 0.3 m (14 Nov 17:00 UTC)
Vulnerability Medium (Fiji)


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Wind Storm surge Rainfall GDACS score
GDACS JTWC 93 km/h 0.3 m n.a. 0.5
Single TC: maximum expected impact (wind, storm surge, rainfall)
HWRF 137 km/h 0.8 m 343 mm 0.5
GFS 133 km/h 0.9 m 286 mm 0.5
ECMWF 83 km/h 1 m 417 mm 0.5
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Fiji - Tropical cyclone MAL (ECHO 14 Nov 2023)Tue, 14 Nov 2023 11:10

  • A new tropical cyclone named MAL formed over the South Pacific Ocean, near the Solomon Islands, on 10 November and started moving south-east over the Ocean toward the Fiji Islands. On 14 November at 6.00 UTC its centre was located offshore approximately 270 km north-west of Viti Levu Island, the main Island of Fiji, with maximum sustained winds of 111 km/h (tropical storm).
  • Media report, as of 14 November, a number of evacuation centres already preventively opened across the Viti Levu Island by national authorities.
  • MAL is expected to continue south-southeast over the Ocean, slightly strenghtening, and to pass close to the eastern coast of Viti Levu Island on late afternoon (UTC) of 14 November, with maximum sustained winds up to 120 km/h  (tropical cyclone). After that, it is forceast to continue southeastward over the Ocean on 15-17 November, further weakening and dissipating.
  • Over the next 24 hours, heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge are forecast over most of Viti Levu Island. The Fiji Meteorological Service has issued an orange warning for gales over the whole Island.
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