Samoa is safe

By Ilia L. Likou 22 February 2016, 12:00AM

The Samoa Meteorology Division has confirmed that heavy rain will remain effect for Samoa for the coming week.

An official told the Samoa Observer yesterday that there’s nothing to worry about from the most powerful storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere that slammed straight into Fiji late Saturday. 

“For this week, as well as heavy rain, a wind warning remains in place for Samoa and flooding is possible in low lying areas,” he said.

“An advisory is also issued to small crafts during this time. We must stay safe as we will be experiencing more heavy rain this week.

“As of today, cyclone Winston is still around our neighbouring island Fiji.

The weather forecast for Samoa yesterday showed that an active convergence zone remained within the vicinity of Samoa. Associated showers and fresh to gusty winds affected the group at times.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center estimated that Tropical Cyclone Winston's winds reached 184 mph in the hours before it made landfall about 7 p.m. Saturday (2 a.m. ET).

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation also reported that an elderly man was killed when a roof fell on him.

There were no other reports of fatalities, and the full extent of the damage "is yet to be ascertained," according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (O.C.H.A.).

The Fijian government announced on Twitter that more than 750 evacuation centres had been activated.

By Ilia L. Likou 22 February 2016, 12:00AM

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