Friday, June 21, 2013

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]

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