Stay alert, likely a cyclone


AS this bad weather continues the Meteorological Service is keep tracking on a tropical low situation located close to Rennell Island.

According to Solomon Island Meteorology Website, at 11:00am yesterday a tropical low with a central pressure of 992 hectopascals was located near 16.2 degrees latitude south and 159.6 degrees longitude east.

This has been located approximately 263 nautical miles south of Rennell Island.

The tropical low situation is currently moving south and southeast at 10 knots and will slightly increase.

It is also expected that the situation will continue in the next 12 to 24 hours.

Associating with the tropical low situation, gale force winds (34 to 47 knots) will develop around Rennell and Bellona Islands and expected to remain southwest of Guadalcanal and Makira provinces.

The situation will also back with rough seas and moderate swells and potential coastal flooding.

Winds is expect at 15 to 25 knots increasing to 33 knots over the remaining provinces with moderate to rough seas and moderate west to northwest swells.

Heavy rain warning number 10 issued by the office of Meteorology last night stated that heavy rain is enforced for all provinces.

Warning issued that people should take precautionary measures as bad weather associated with the tropical low poses threats to lives and properties.

People living near hill slopes, close to rivers, streams and low lying areas are therefore strongly advised to take safety measures to avoid danger and loss of lives and property.

Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling on road. Mariners are also advised to take extra caution when planning or travelling out in the sea.

The Office of the Meteorological Service will keep updates on the tropical low situation and its related weather conditions.

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