Tropical Cyclone Warning Issued In Solomon Islands

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Moderate sea swells, heavy rains forecast

By Jennifer Kakai

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, March 8, 2013) – A tropical cyclone warning has been activated for the Solomon Islands, so expect more bad weather!

The Weather office yesterday issued the warning as more rain continues to pound Honiara and most of the country in the last 24 hours.

Ships took shelter at Point Cruz harbor as the sea started to rise yesterday.

Chief forecaster Freddy Fera said the warning was issued because of the potential for a cyclone to be formed late yesterday evening and today.

"The public needs to stay alert and be on watch," Mr. Fera said.

The tropical cyclone warning is now current for Rennell& Bellona, Southern Guadalcanal and Makira Islands.

A statement from the Weather office said tropical cyclone watch advice is current for Western, Russell, Malaita and Temotu Province.

At 11 am yesterday morning, a tropical depression with a central pressure of 997 hectopascals was located near 16.0 degrees latitude south and 154.5 degrees longitude east.

"This is located approximately 417 nautical miles southwest of Rennell Island."

The statement said gale force wind 34 to 46 knots is expected to develop over Rennell and Bellona, Southern Guadalcanal and Makira.

"Wind of 15 to 25 knots increasing to 33 knots at times is expected over the remaining islands.

"Seas will be moderate to rough with moderate swells and heavy rain at times with squally thunderstorms."

Mr. Fera called on the public to take precautionary measures as bad weather associated with the tropical depression poses threats to lives and properties.

The chief forecaster said the current bad weather is expected to continue until early next week, thus people are also advised to listen out for weather advice.

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