29 Dec 2012

Solomons capital sees heavy rain as cyclone Freda passes

11:47 am on 29 December 2012

Cyclone Freda is swamping parts of Solomon Islands with heavy rain and winds of more than 90 kilometres per hour.

The cyclone, a category one out of five storm, is about eight nautical miles off the south of Solomon Islands and is intensifying as it passes.

Warnings have been issued to people to prepare for possible flooding and damage, with most provinces and islands in for a drenching.

A forecaster at the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services' Manaoh Tepa who is in the capital city, says rain is getting heavier, with about 50 millimetres falling overnight.

"Over here in Honiara, winds are 10 to 20 knots and we expect to increase later today."

He says people have been advised to keep away from rivers and coastal areas because of the likelihood of flooding.

Mr Tepa says strong winds have already brought down trees but there has been no reports of other damage yet.