Heavy rainfall warning issued

The Samoa Meteorology Office has issued a warning for heavy rain for the rest of Samoa. This according to their latest weather update, indicates that flooding and landslide are possible in vulnerable areas. 

“An active convergence zone remains within the vicinity of Samoa,” the warning says. 

“Associated rain and gusty winds affects the group at times.

The bad weather is part of the developments brought by Tropical Cyclone Keni.

Cyclone Keni is expected to be closest to Fiji about midday today, on the tail of a week of rain and Cyclone Josie the previous weekend.

The director of the Fiji Met Service, Ravindra Kumar, said Cyclone Keni is expected to be about 120 kilometres off Nadi by this afternoon.

He said on its current southeasterly trajectory it will come within about 100 kilometres to the south of Kadavu Island.

Mr. Kumar said the cyclone is expected to become a category two storm as it approaches Fiji.

He said "we have got a storm warning for parts of the main island [Viti Levu] and as it comes closer this storm warning will be expanded to most of Viti Levu, the Lau and Lomaiviti group, as well as Kadavu and nearby smaller islands".

Ravindra Kumar said they are anticipating 150 millimetres over 24 hours particularly in the Western Division, which is already sodden after last week's rain.

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