Tropical Cyclone Neil weakens overnight

The Samoa Meteorological Service on Saturday night upgraded a tropical depression south of the country into a Category 1 Tropical Cyclone.

According to the Meteorological Service, Tropical Cyclone Neil posed no direct threat to the Samoa islands apart from heavy rain and gusty wins forecast for Savai’i.

“Tropical Cyclone Neil continues to remain to the south of Samoa and it is expected to track south of Tonga today (yesterday).

“An active convergence zone, which lies to the west of Savai’i will continue to bring rainfall activities, fresh and gusty winds for both the islands. 

“The system however, will not pose a direct threat to Samoa. Impacts for Samoa will be heavy rain with gusty winds and poor visibility,” stated the MET Service advisory.

Tropical Cyclone Neil gradually weakened overnight Saturday with Apia continuing to experience heavy rain and winds yesterday. 

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