Weather Impacts Am. Samoa Flag Day Events

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Heavy rains postpone canoe races, rain out trade fair

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, April 14, 2016) – A trough system that is stationary over the Samoa islands is marring Flag Day activities with many events postponed or closed down.

The heavy rains have been pouring down since Saturday and also generating high surf and small craft warnings that prevented the Flag Day fautasi heats from going on as scheduled both yesterday and today. The advisory is expected to be in effect until Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service at Tafuna forecasts that tonight through Thursday night convections over the islands will slowly dissipate while a line of convections materializes to the far south. This line will at times move back and forth over the islands so you can expect scattered showers throughout the period.

High pressure to the south will introduce stable weather across the islands on Monday morning so you can expect showers on the weekend before stabilizing on Monday and the rest of the new week.

In addition to the fautasi heats, the Farm and Trade Fair was also rained out forcing vendors to close up their stalls early yesterday.

Traffic wasn't expected to be a problem yesterday morning, after the announcement was made that the two heats for this year's Flag Day fautasi competition were cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions.

But cars were lined up bumper to bumper yesterday before 7 a.m. as police officers responded to a traffic incident involving a white taxi cab.

Traffic in both lanes came to a short stand still in the Fagaalu/Fatu ma Futi area as law enforcement officials awaited the removal of the mangled vehicle.

The entire front end of the car was damaged, with the hood smashed in, and the front bumper laying to the side like a flexible toy.

It in unclear what caused the accident and if there were any injuries or fatalities.

Samoa News Correspondent Blue Chen-Fruean contributed to this report.

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