2 Feb 2013

Storm warning issued for all of Samoa

7:30 am on 2 February 2013

Samoa's Meteorology Office has issued a storm warning for the whole of the country.

Its Chief Executive Officer Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea says Samoa will experience gale force winds at the speed of 64-88 kpms.

He says winds will intensify into storm surge winds on Sunday night and that's expected to build up early Monday morning, if an area of low pressure near Vanuatu retains speed.

Mulipola says storm surge winds expected to reach over 112 kpms.

Samoa has had phenomenal rainfall since the start of 2013.

The average rainfall for the month of January is just over 578 milliliters.

However, last months rainfall had reached more than 1000 milliliters which Mulipola says is not normal for the month.

The significant increase in the amount of rainfall and the expectation that heavy rains will continue has prompted the Disaster Management Council to evacuate families from lowland areas

Some families in flood prone areas such as Leone, Vaisigano, Lelata and Apia refused to leave their houses for fear of looting as had happened during Cyclone Evan in December.