Heavy rain, flood to continue into weekend
The heavy downpour on Thursday which led to flooded roads and the closure of two schools in Apia is not expected to subside anytime soon.
That’s the latest from the Samoa Meteorological Service in a severe weather update issued 5pm on Thursday [Samoa time].
The Meteorological Service has issued a heavy rain warning for all of Samoa, a flood advisory for all major rivers and low-lying areas and a small craft advisory for all coastal areas and open waters.
“Another active convergence zone now lies within the vicinity of Samoa with associated rain bands and heavy falls lies within the islands as seen on latest satellite imageries of this afternoon,” stated the update.
“This rain bands will continue to move over the islands with wet and unstable weather conditions for tonight and tomorrow. Therefore, the heavy rain warning and flood advisory remains enforced for all of the islands.”
Potential impact include heavy downpours with poor visibility and slippery roads, added the Meteorological Service.
A small craft advisory for all Samoa coastal areas and open waters was also issued 5pm on Thursday.
“The intense high pressure located further southeast from Samoa as it continues to move further east and away from our shores,” the advisory states.
“Fresh East to Northeast winds impacts the islands with winds likely to decrease by tomorrow. Meanwhile, observations continue to indicate waves and swells activities above the advisory threshold range. Therefore, the Small Crafts Advisory remains valid for all Samoa coastal to open waters.”
Potential impacts are strong currents, rough seas and poor visibility. The next severe weather information update and advisory will be issued at 5 a.m. early Friday morning.