Meteorology Division warns of more heavy downpour

The Samoa Meteorological Division has warned residents in Samoa to expect heavy downpours, wind, flooding and high surf advisories amid the wet weather.

The weather advisory was issued in the Meteorological Division's Public and Marine Weather Information No.4 for Samoa issued at 5pm on Sunday.

The advisory said tropical disturbance was located at about 355 km to the South-Southeast of Aleipata at 2:00pm on Sunday afternoon.

And the Meteorological Division projects that the system has intensified into a tropical depression (TD03F) and was slowly moving west-southwest to the north of Tonga Island for past six hours.

This system has a moderate potential to develop into a Tropical Cyclone (TC) within the next 24-48 hours, according to the Meteorological Division. 

Current predictions are that the system is expected to remain slowly moving southwest Sunday night and Monday before turning southeast by Wednesday to the south of Niue.

However, an active convergence zone connected to TD03F will maintain overcast and gusty weather conditions for all of Samoa Sunday night and Monday.

Therefore, the country can expect periods of rain with brief heavy falls, isolated thunderstorms with strong wind gusts.

Potential Impacts include heavy downpours with poor visibility, gusty winds, foggy and slippery roads over mountain passes and ranges, pooling near roadsides and waterways and possible flooding as well as very rough seas and high surf.

The next severe weather information will be issued at 5:00 am Monday morning.

The Meteorology Division last week urged the public to exercise caution as it projects strong wind and heavy rain to continue until Thursday.

The bad weather last Wednesday had led to the cancellation of the ferry service between Upolu and Savai’i.

In a severe weather information bulletin issued on Wednesday evening, the Meteorology Division has projected heavy rain and issued wind and flood warnings.

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