2 Feb 2006

Rain forces cancellation of schools in American Samoa

9:18 am on 2 February 2006

All schools have been cancelled in American Samoa after two days of non-stop rain and strong winds

The stormy weather is caused by a trough of low pressure that is stationed over the Samoa group.

Since midnight to six am this morning local time, the national Weather Service has recorded over three inches of rain.

Landslides have been reported near Avau and at Failolo, Poloa and Sailele while the downpour has flooded roads in nearly all of Tutuila.

A wind advisory has been issued by the Natonal Weather Service which will remain throughout today.

The active trough of low pressure over the islands will remain under a cover of rain and strong winds for a few more days.