Strong wind, heavy rain and flood warning issued

The Samoa Meteorological Division has issued a strong wind, heavy rain and flood warning as the country continues to be affected by bad weather.

The Meteorological Division issued an advisory 5pm Sunday (Samoa Time) and said a low depression is currently located north of Fiji and is expected to move east and impact on a convergence zone which will result in rain, strong winds and thunderstorms.

"A low circulation was analysed to the north of Fiji and it is expected to move eastward over Fiji waters and direct the active convergence zone with associated numerous rainfall, strong and gusty winds and thunderstorms located southwest over the islands,” states the advisory from the Meteorological Division. 

“The aforementioned system will fluctuate between Samoa and Fiji through at least Wednesday. “Hence numerous rainfall and strong to gusty winds will continue to impact the island chain through Wednesday.

“Current wave observations continue to show a slight increase in wave and swell heights and are predicted to elevate above 3 metres as the fresh to strong northerly winds will impact the islands. 

“This situation warranted the issuance of a wind warning and still maintaining all warnings previously issued."

There are potential impacts such as heavy downpours with poor visibility and gusty winds, foggy and slippery roads over mountain passes and ranges, pooling near roadsides and waterways according to the Meteorological Division.

"River overflows and landslides. Strong and gusty winds with strong currents with rough to very rough seas."

The bad weather led to power outages in a number of villages in the Apia town area over the weekend, according to the Electric Power Corporation, which later confirmed that power has been restored in the areas affected. 

"Power has been restored to part of Palisi earlier this morning after emergency works were carried out to repair damaged high voltage lines in the area,” the E.P.C. management posted on their Facebook page. 

“The fault caused power outage from midnight last night affecting the Bluebird compound to the Catholic compound and to the Prayer House at Palisi. 

“Works completed at 2am this morning. Thank you for your patience Samoa."

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