Low pressure systems remain over Samoa

A wide-ranging area of low pressure system with a far-reaching cloud band and gale winds now lie over Samoa despite Tuesday morning's relatively calm conditions. 

Tuesday morning is seemingly calm without sun or rain, as Tropical Disturbance 07F remains stationary near Tuvalu, the Samoa Meteorology Division confirmed in a statement on Tuesday morning.

Another Tropical Disturbance (T.D.0.8.F.), lies southeast of the country and is showing slight signs of intensification despite it moving away from Samoan shores.

“This system is expected to maintain its southeast movement within the next 24 hours with slight development,” the statement reads.

Fortunately for Savai'i, the low pressure system that was tracked to the northwest of the big island has dissipated into a trough of low pressure.

Meanwhile, an active convergence zone lies to the north of the islands may bring heavy rain with strong winds and damaging heavy swells affecting Samoa group at times.

The potential impact of today’s weather may include the uprooting of breakable trees, strong currents as well as rough seas.

Forecasters also warn of heavy downpours with poor visibility; strong and gusty winds with flying objects; foggy and slippery roads over mountain passes and ranges; strong river outflow and landslides; and pooling near roadsides and waterways.

At 8.30am roads from Fugalei and Taufusi up to Pesega were still flooded from heavy downpour the night before.

The Land Transport Authority warned the public to not drive through overflowing fords. 

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