Wind, floods New Year's forecast

The country can expect a soaking this New Year’s with the Meteorology Office issuing advisory warnings for heavy rain and flooding throughout the period. 

Acting Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the Meteorology Division, Silipa Mulitalo, said on Monday that Samoa can expect an active convergence zone linking it to Tropical Cyclone Sarai in the next few days. 

As a result, Mr. Mulitalo said flood advisory is now in force for all major rivers and vulnerable areas. 

A heavy rain warning is also in effect, he added. 

“Starting today [Monday] going on to New Year’s we are forecasting a lot of rain and flooding,” said the Acing A.C.E.O

Reports from A.B.C. News stated two people have already died in Fiji while more than 2,000 others remain in evacuation centres as TC Sarai moves through Fiji’s south-east. 

“At the moment there is no warning for cyclone for us because it’s location is moving towards Tonga and we are mainly affected with winds from North West flow that is causing heavy rain.” 

The Met Office is advising members of the public to take precautionary measures with a convergence zone responsible for the cyclones expected to bring thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and gusty winds. 

Forecasts suggest that over the next three days there will be foggy and slippery roads, pooling near roadsides and rough seas. 

Mr. Mulitalo urged members of the public to follow their regular social media updates on Samoa Meteorology Facebook page for the weather update.

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