Cyclone Zazu moving away from Samoa

Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Zazu continues to move away from Samoa but the country will experience heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours, says Samoa Meteorology Division.

Samoa Meteorological Division Principal Scientific Officer, Silipa Mulitalo, told the Samoa Observer on Wednesday afternoon that T.C. Zazu is following its projected path from the beginning of the week, and is slightly moving to the south while maintaining its southeast movement.

He said the system was 630km southeast of Tafitoala at 8am on Wednesday local Samoa time.

According to the official, the main concern for Samoa is flooding that is caused by heavy rainfall and he urged the public to be advised and aware of the situation, especially those living in areas that might be affected by floods and landslides.

He stated that vulnerable areas are at risk at this stage due to the rainfall Samoa has been receiving.

Further west is T.C. Yasa which is currently a category 5 storm and is expected to move over Fiji on Thursday and Friday this week.

When asked when Samoa can expect clear weather, he explained that there has been a slight change as the system is still active, and the convergence zone is continuing to produce a lot of rainfall in the Samoa region.

Mr Mulitalo said the public should look closely at situations like these which could be life-threatening, and even though the system is distant, the impacts of flooding can generate high risks for everyone especially those who are living in vulnerable areas.

Urging the public to play safe and make the right choices during cyclone season, he also said it pays to be up to date with the latest forecast and warnings from the Meteorology Division.

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