Some parts of Upolu experienced fine weather

By Adel Fruean 24 February 2020, 11:00AM

It was business as usual on Sunday for some parts of the south-west of Upolu which had a sunny day while the northern parts continued to have heavy rainfall and gusty winds.

While Samoa was under the Tropical Cyclone Wasi Category 1 warning on Sunday some villages like Fusi, Lotofaga, Vaiee, Salamumu, and Siumu had fine weather.

Residents around these villages attended church and were seen walking along the roads like any other typical Sabbath.

Some parts of Aleisa, Vailima, Malololelei experienced foggy and slippery roads with poor visibility.

According to a weather scientific officer from the Samoa Meteorolgy Division, Vaaua Wilson, he said that the reason behind these conditions it’s because an active convergence zone which links to TC Wasi now lies over Samoa.

“The convergence zone is bringing heavy downpours and gusty winds for most parts of Upolu,” he said.

He added that despite the cyclone warning downgraded there will still be some periods of rain with heavy falls and few thunderstorms which will be experienced on Sunday night.

There will also be Northwesterly winds of 46-61 kph, gusty at times. And also a combine waves and swells of 2-4 meters.

The Meteorology Division has added that the Tropical Cyclone Wasi Category 1 was located at 16.5South, 171.1West or at about 286 km (154nm) South of Tafitoala or 309 km (166nm) South of Apia at 230200 UTC or 4:00pm on Sunday.

“The system continues to move further away from Samoa towards Niue at a speed of 28km/hr. 

“Tomorrow [Monday] isolated showers. Northwesterly winds of 35-45 kph. Combine waves and swells of 1.5-2.5meters.”

The Division also added that potential impacts include: 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, pooling near roadsides and waterways. 

Other impacts involve strong currents as well as rough seas and coastal inundation.




By Adel Fruean 24 February 2020, 11:00AM

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