‘We’re in cyclone season, we should be alert’

By Yolanda Lavata’i 07 January 2019, 12:00AM

Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Meteorology Division, Fuimaono Lameko Talia, has assured the public Samoa will not be affected as Tropical Cyclone Mona continues to hit the northern islands of Fiji.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, the A.C.E.O. said their office has not issued a warning, but with the cyclone still within the region it is advisable that all their advisories and warnings should be adhered to.

Currently, the Meteorology Division has in place advisories for strong winds for the highlands and heavy rain for all of Samoa — which will remain effective throughout the weekend — and see wind speeds of 49km an hour and 3 meter waves on top of developing ocean swells. 

While there have been days of sunshine, Fuimaono said their warnings remain current for the week as they continue to monitor the weather. 

“However, Samoa is in cyclone season so we should all remain alert and prepared,” he said. 

Samoa is expected to continue experiencing periods of rain and showers, due to the convergence zone with a trough of low pressure currently over Samoa. Tropical Cyclone Mona has lost strength while moving southeast and should clear up by the middle of the week.

“Swells and wind will lessen as the Tropical Cyclone moves further away and depletes,” he added. 

As the extreme weather conditions recede, the Meteorology Division urged the public to be cautious in areas, which are considered vulnerable to landslides and flooding. 

By Yolanda Lavata’i 07 January 2019, 12:00AM

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