Schools Close due to Extreme Weather Conditions

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The Ministry of Education Sports and Culture have called a temporary closure to all Government Schools for Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th of February due to current weather conditions.

The notice is signed by CEO of MESC Afamasaga Karoline Afamasaga-Fuatai and announced on the Ministry’s Social Media page at 6pm this afternoon.

The Samoa Meteorological Office last issued a weather update at the same time confirming that a broad area of low pressure systems with an extensive cloud band and gail winds is now located over Samoa.

As of 8pm this afternoon there are two developing low pressure systems along this area of active convergence near Samoa to the North West of Savaii and the other to the South East of Tutuila.

Tropical Disturbance T07 remains near Tuvalu.

Currently the most active system is situated to the South East. This system is expected to maintain its South East movement in the next 24 hours.

The system to the North West of Savaii may follow a similar path.

The associated active convergence links to both systems, is most likely to bring damaging gusty winds, torrential rains and damaging heavy swells this evening towards tomorrow.

TD07 Tropical Disturbance remains as a weak low pressure with a low potential to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Potential Impacts

Heavy downpours with poor visibility. Strong and gusty winds winds with flying objects.

Foggy and slippery roads over mountain passes and ranges. Strong river outflow and landslides. Pooling near roadsides and waterways.

Strong currents and rough seas with coastal inundation. Uproot breakable trees.

The next severe weather information will be issued 5am tomorrow morning.

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Ua tapunia nei aoga a le Malo mo le Aso Lua 18 ma le Aso Lulu 19 o Fepuari 2020. Sa faailoa mai e se faasilasilaga sainia e le Pule Sili Afamasaga Karoline Afamasaga-Fuatai.

Taua e le Pule Sili ua faia lenei faaiuga ona o le tulaga lououa o oe tau e pei ona faamaonia mai e le Ofisa o Vaaitau.