Met Office says cyclone will not pose threat to Samoa

By Talaia Mika 26 February 2019, 12:00AM

The Samoa Meteorological Office advised last night that the tropical depression south of Samoa would not pose any threat to the country.

But the potential for it to develop into a tropical cyclone still remains high as an active convergence zone will see strong winds, heavy rain and high waves and swells directed to Samoa.

“There is no tropical cyclone impacting Samoa, though Tropical Depression 11F (TD11F) potential remains high it may develop into a TC (tropical cyclone),” the MET Office said in a post on its Facebook page at around 7.00pm last night. 

“But will not pose any threat towards Samoa, apart from the active convergence zone which continues to direct fresh to strong winds, heavy rain and high waves and swell.” 

Samoa’s capital continued to be affected by strong winds and rain yesterday with the bad weather affecting shipping services, forcing the Samoa Shipping Corporation to again cancel inter-island services for the third week.

A number of roads and bridges were also affected by flooding with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) advising motorists to avoid areas such as the Tiavea road, and to exercise caution when crossing fjords such as the one at Moamoa. 

By Talaia Mika 26 February 2019, 12:00AM

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