High Waves foreseen at some parts of the Pacific, SPREP alerts
FSMPIO Picked up the alert from a SPREP release June 21, 2013
Information provided by regional and international weather
forecast models indicate that a major storm system near New Zealand is pushing
heavy swell waves up towards the tropical Pacific Islands today. This
could cause coastal damage in Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands, and Niue. Significant
swell waves are also expected in Samoa, American Samoa, Tokelau, Wallis and
Futuna and Tuvalu. Waves of over 4 metres are possible around Fiji and Tonga.
The arrival of these swells will coincide with large Spring tides
and a full moon this weekend. Those who are in vulnerable areas at risk of
coastal inundation during heavy swell events should contact their local
meteorological service for more information.
[FSMPIO: What would this mean for lowlying settlements in parts of Micronesia? Any precaution? Be safe this weekend]