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Meteorological office warns of heavy rain, flood

 The Samoa Meteorological Division has issued heavy rain and flood advisories effective for all of Samoa.

In a weather bulletin issued 5pm (local time), the Meteorological Division said a trough of low pressure is located to the north of Samoa and it is slowly descending southward, to bring with it showers.

“This trough was predicted to introduce widely scattered showers across the forecast zone starting this evening,” stated the bulletin. 

The activeness of the trough of low pressure just to the north of Samoa will result in heavy rainfall, which has compelled the Division to issue an alert to the public. 

“This situation warrants the issuance of the heavy rain and flood advisory from the afternoon and is still validated to remain within the now cast period, as convective clouds seen northwards will slowly move over the group.”

The Meteorological Division also added that the potential impact will include heavy downpours causing poor visibility, foggy and slippery roads over mountain passes and ranges. The public can also expect gusty winds at times and pooling near roadsides and waterways.

Parts of Tiapapata and Malololelei have already been experiencing fog resulting in poor visibility.

A Tiapapata resident Sene Lesi said that having a fog around their area is normal.

“The only problem with the fog is when it becomes hard for the cars to see and so all cars have to turn on their lights to avoid accidents. It is very dangerous when some cars do not turn their lights on but I am not aware of any accidents due to the fog. We always experience a lot of rainfall and so that is normal to us.”

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