Heavy rain warning

Different parts of Samoa – mostly in the Apia Township – were flooded yesterday as a result of prolonged heavy downpours throughout the country. The rain is the result of an active convergence zone that’s hovering above Samoa, according to the Samoa Meteorology Division.

Yesterday, the country was warned about flooding.

“There is now a heavy rain warning for the rest of the country,” the Met Office warned. “There is possible flooding for vulnerable low lying areas.”

According to the Met Office, there is “an intense high pressure system to the south ushering fresh to strong southeast winds across the area as it is slowly migrating eastward.

“The ridge of high pressure established to the northeast will introduce light east to northeast winds with some trade wind showers through the latter part of the outlook. “Wave-watch model indicates tradewind swells of 6-8 feet to the southern coastal waters.” An advisory against small crafts and alia boats was also issued yesterday.

But the heavy rain was not all bad news.

For taxi driver, Lomi Taumafai, he said there is a good side to the heavy rain.

“It means we get a lot more people riding in the taxis,” he said. “Aside from that, it’s good because it makes things cooler. It has been so hot, way too hot.

 “My only prayer is that the heavy rain does not result in a natural disaster in our country.”

Minor flooding was reported yesterday afternoon in Apia and other nearby coastal areas. There is no warning about a cyclone. 

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