Cyclone Zena unlikely to be a threat to Samoa

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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AND ANOTHER ONE: Widespread flooding could make it difficult for people to get to evacuation centres when Zena hits.

AND ANOTHER ONE: Widespread flooding could make it difficult for people to get to evacuation centres when Zena hits. (Photo: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT)

A category 3 cyclone threatening Fiji, Cyclone Zena, is unlikely to head to Samoa.

The cyclone has been developing across the Islands of Vanuatu and has brought torrential rainfall in parts of Vanuatu and Fiji for the past three days.

Yesterday, the category three storm with winds in excess of 120 kph (75 mph) was predicted to hit Fiji within 24 hours as the South Pacific island nation struggles to recover from a devastating cyclone in February.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer yesterday, Ese Ah Ken, of the Samoa Meteorology Office, said there was no need for Samoa to panic. “Right now the cyclone is traveling South East towards Ha’apai, Tonga which makes it no threat to us as of now,” he said.

“Right now it has developed into a category 2 cyclone but the forecast for us is looking good.”

Mr. Ah Ken however pointed out that the only possible direct affect to Samoa are high swells generated by the cyclone.

“The weather forecast at the moment is normal with a lot of winds coming from the north and a draft to the south,” he said.

“This is good news for us but not for other Islands in the path of the cyclone.”

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