Met Office reassures there is no cyclone looming

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RIVERS EVERYWHERE: An aerial shot of Lelata taken on Sunday shows the extent of the flooding brought by Cyclone Gita which devastated residents.

RIVERS EVERYWHERE: An aerial shot of Lelata taken on Sunday shows the extent of the flooding brought by Cyclone Gita which devastated residents. (Photo: Rudy Bartley, WT Media.)

The Samoa Met office reassured last night that there is no second cyclone heading for Samoa.

In response to unofficial forecasts predicting another Tropical Cyclone to follow Gita, Chief Weather Officer Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea said such reports are not true.

Social media reports suggest that a second Cyclone will affect the Samoan group within the next 48 hours.

However, Mulipola discounted the prediction saying there is no cyclone looming or immediately threatening Samoa.

He says that his international counterparts including Fiji are also mystified by the claim.

“The current poor weather conditions will continue for the next few days with sporadic heavy rains and gusty winds at times,” he added.

“The only active conversion posing a threat to Samoa is developing near the Solomon Island and Vanuatu and we are in no immediate danger.

“My office as always is closely monitoring it.

“But as for another cyclone following the same tracks as Gita and threaten or affect Samoa in the new day is all hearsay.”

Mulipola noted that this is not the first time that unofficial weather predictions has caused public panic.

And he reiterates for the public to heed the weather advisories from his office and nothing else.

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