Tropical Cyclone Zazu moves south of Samoa
The Samoa Meteorology Office has confirmed that Tropical Depression 03F has now been upgraded to a cyclone.
But Tropical Cyclone Zazu, located about 500km to the South of Sāmoa, is continuing to move further south, according to the latest report from the Met office.
Before the Tropical Cyclone was declared, Samoa Meteorology Division Principal Scientific Officer, Silipa Mulitalo, said there were two major systems in the South West Pacific and the current weather conditions being experienced in Samoa was the result of Tropical Disturbance 03F.
He said a separate system, which is currently within the vicinity of Vanuatu and is moving towards Fiji, does not have any direct impact on Samoa. That system was upgraded and named Tropical Cyclone Yasa overnight Sunday with regional weather officials projecting that Fiji remains vulnerable.
The Meteorology Division at Mulinuu continues to track the developments.
“What we are experiencing now is due to an active convergence zone that is linked to this tropical depression which is located about 450 kilometers to the south,” Mr. Mulitalo said.
The system is slowly moving away from Samoa and it is expected to lie near the northern Tongan group.
“Like I mentioned there are two systems, the one on the right or the eastern side is the one of concern to us, but Yasa has a completely different story and that’s a major concern for Fiji.
“It was a disturbance but it's upgraded to a depression as of last night but this system is as I have mentioned, has a moderate to high potential of developing or intensifying into a tropical cyclone."
He further stated that the major threat is towards Northern Tonga and predictions say it is going to move further south and southeast, and away from Samoa.
He further explained that the main concern is the activities associated with the system and further stated that the country is now entering the Christmas period. The cyclone season started on 1 November and Samoa, which recorded a significant amount of rainfall in the last month, is currently seeing the impacts of the La Nina.