Second cyclone reports dismissed

By Joyetter Luamanu ,

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SUNDAY LANDSLIDE: This landslide at Solosolo yesterday disrupted traffic to the east of Samoa.  Photo: Land Transport Authority.

SUNDAY LANDSLIDE: This landslide at Solosolo yesterday disrupted traffic to the east of Samoa. Photo: Land Transport Authority.

The Samoa Meteorology Office has dismissed reports of another cyclone forming which could potentially hit Samoa. 

Contrary to media and social media posts referring to a potential second tropical cyclone developing to the west and northwest of Cyclone Gita, Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea, said the information is false.

“There is no substantial information of another cyclone,” he told the Samoa Observer.

“Rainfall activity will continue to amplify as we are still under the convergence zone.”

Mulipola said they are monitoring the situation closely.

“We are along the region which includes Fiji and there is no other cyclone as far as we can see at the moment,” he said. 

“With regards to Cyclone Gita, it is now very far from us.”

IN SAVAI’I: Flooding at Aopo, Savai’i. Photo: L.T.A.
IN SAVAI’I: Flooding at Aopo, Savai’i. Photo: L.T.A.

Mulipola said he was aware about rumours circulating online and he wanted members of the public to know they are false.

According to Newshub yesterday, a potential second tropical cyclone is developing to the west and northwest of Tropical Cyclone Gita.

If it develops, the new cyclone would be named Tropical Cyclone Hola.

Yesterday, the Samoa Met Office officially cancelled the warning in relation to Cyclone Gita.

“Tropical Cyclone warning category 1 (39-54mph) previously in force for Samoa is now cancelled,” the final bulletin reads.

But the flood, strong winds and heavy rain advisory remain.

Members of the public were also warned about landslides for vulnerable areas – especially the eastside of Upolu.

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