Meteorology Division issues advisory for wind, flooding

The Samoa Meteorology Division has appealed to the public to take precaution as it issued advisories for wind, coastal flooding and small craft in Samoa.

Issuing a "severe weather information" bulletin at 5pm on Monday [Samoa Time], the Meteorology Division attributed the severe weather projection to a system southeast of the islands of Samoa.

“The intense high-pressure system further Southeast continues to provide strong easterly wind-flow with some showers across the Island.

“This system will maintain the wind speed of 45-55 kph [kilometres per hour] in most areas with significant wave heights of 3-4 meters for all Samoa waters.

“Hence, the wind and small crafts advisory will remain in force for all of Samoa, while the coastal flood advisory remains valid only for southern and eastern areas of all islands.”

The Meteorology Division also highlighted the potential impact for Samoa including fresh to strong winds, strong and pull out currents as well as rough seas and coastal inundation.

From Tuesday through to Sunday, the high-pressure system is projected to maintain fresh to strong southeast winds.

Winds are expected to diminish velocity by Tuesday as the high pressure starts to exit the region and winds will swerve northeast thereafter, particularly for the northern side.

A trough of low pressure is forecast to enter the forecast zone by Wednesday and will likely introduce isolated showers with possible moderate falls until Friday this week.

Another high pressure system is projected by models to build over the island towards the end of the week along with the south-easterly wind-flow.

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