Flood advisory issued

By Vatapuia Maiava 13 May 2016, 12:00AM

The Meteorology Office has issued a flood advisory for low-lying parts of the country. 

It follows a situation yesterday where some parts of the country, mostly in the Apia Township, were hit by heavy flooding after a night of downpours.

The rain bucketed down on Wednesday evening and by early dawn yesterday, a large part of Apia was underwater.

Overflowing river fords, flooding, traffic jams, and simply getting to work or school dry became a real task.

Traffic jams caused by floods from Fugalei all the way to Lepea at unusual times of the morning generated much frustration for motorists trying to go about their day.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Meteorology Division issued a heavy rain warning which was in affect at 4:30am as well as a small craft advisory for all open waters due to fresh southeast winds and high swells.

According to further information from the Met Office, the heavy rains was due to an active convergence zone which currently lies over Samoa with associated rain and thunderstorms affecting Samoa at times.

The forecast for the weekend sees more scattered showers over parts of both Upolu and Savaii.

According to Lameko Talia, Acting A.C.E.O. of the Met Office, there are no cyclone risks to Samoa as of yet.

By Vatapuia Maiava 13 May 2016, 12:00AM

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