With the festive season just around the corner, the weather office is advising the public to be cautious as we enter into a new cyclone season.
Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the Meteorology Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea, said they predicted a below normal risk of one-two cyclones that could pass within a 400km radius of Samoa.
“One of these tropical cyclones is likely to reach a Category 3,” he said.
However, Mulipola says it is likely these cyclones could hit Samoa in the first quarter of 2018 – the later months of the cyclone season.
Mulipola also confirmed the El Nino Southern Oscillation (E.N.S.O.) remains neutral (neither El Nino nor La Nina) in the region.
“The Meteorology Division will continue to monitor the development of the E.N.S.O. and will advise the general public if there are significant changes to outlook presented.
“All communities are urged to be vigilant, be alert and be prepared when a warning is officially issued of an impending tropical cyclone.”
In the meantime, Mulipola said a trough of low pressure was moving east of Samoa, so the public could expect clear skies over the weekend.