Tropical Cyclone Zazu Weakens and Moves Further Away from Samoa
As reported by the Samoa Meteorological Services Cat 2 Tropical Cyclone Zazu continues to weaken and move further away from Samoa. A sattelite image taken 7.50am Thursday morning shows the system dissipating.
“TC Zazu Category 2 was located South Southeast of Niue this morning and it continues to track southeast to its projected path with the speed of 33kph. This system may weaken within the next 12-24hours”.
Heavy rain, high surf and coastal flooding warnings remain for Samoa but the high wind warning has been cancelled.
Fiji however is bracing for Cyclone Yasa as it strengthens into a category five system with winds of up to 270km/h.
PUBLIC AND MARINE SEVERE WEATHER INFORMATION NUMBER ELEVEN (C11) FOR SAMOA
ISSUED BY THE SAMOA METEOROLOGICAL DIVISION AT 5:00 AM
THURSDAY 17th DECEMBER 2020.
VALID: HEAVY RAIN WARNING
VALID: MARINE WARNING
VALID: FLOOD WARNING
VALID: WIND ADVISORY
VALID: COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY
VALID: HIGH SURF ADVISORY
CANCEL: WIND WARNING
Tropical Cyclone Zazu Category 2 was located South Southeast of Niue this morning and it continues to track southeast to its projected path with the speed of 33kph. This system may weaken within the next 12-24hours.
However, the active convergence zone which links to Tropical Cyclone ZAZU (Category 2) has shifted south of the islands as it will continue to bring brief heavy rain and strong gusty winds, high combined waves and swells, flooding to all major rivers and vulnerable locations. All warnings and advisories remain for all of Samoa. Meanwhile, the wind warning that was previously enforced is now downgraded into a wind advisory.
Heavy downpours with poor visibility, gusty winds, foggy and slippery roads over mountain passes and ranges, pooling near roadsides and waterways. Very rough seas and high surf, with possible coastal flooding to exposed locations. River overflows and landslides.
(The next severe weather information will be issued at 5:00 pm)