No cyclone but soaking expected: Met. Service

The Samoa Meteorology Service officially cancelled on Thursday a warning of heavy rain, flooding and even a potential tropical cyclone.

But the country can still expect significant downpour in coming days. Heavy rain is expected to descend over Samoa on Sunday with heavy falls continuing into next week and the final days of 2019. 

A less serious heavy rain "advisory" remains in effect in place of the previous warning.

Samoa will be spared a tropical depression, which threatens to bring significant rain, floods and even the possibility of a tropical cyclone. 

The weather system is currently located off the southwest coast of Tuvalu but it is now moving away from Samoan islands and north of Fiji, the Samoa Meteorological Service said in a statement on Thursday.

A northeasterly wind is projected to provide a a further buffer to the Samoan islands from the depression, the Meteorology Division said. 

"The potential for the [Tropical Depression] to develop into a Tropical Cyclone is high - though it does not pose a direct threat for the islands," a spokeswoman for the Division said. 

The country's meteorologists have been on elevated watch for tropical cyclones after warning in October the country was facing an "active season" that would include the possibility of two or three cyclones passing within a 400 kilometre radius of the Samoan islands. 

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