Public Urged to Take Precautions in Severe Weather

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BY JOHN HOUANIHAU

THE Solomon Islands Meteorological Services has issued an urgent warning to the general public in the country to take necessary safety measures as heavy rain, rough seas, thunderstorms, and strong winds continue to persist over most parts of the Solomon Islands.

With the wet season in full swing, the Meteorological Service has predicted persistent heavy showers, thunder storms, and rough seas accompanied by strong westerly winds over the next few days.

According to the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services (SIMS), a strong wind warning is current for most waters in the Solomon Islands. The situation: a trough lies just south of the Solomon Islands, while a general westerly wind flow persists over the country.

  • Expect westerly winds to reach 20 to 25 knots and may gust up to 30 knots over most waters.
  • The seas will be moderate to rough with moderate northerly swells (2.5 meters).
  • Expect poor visibility in heavy rain and thunderstorm areas.
  • People in those areas should take precautionary measures, as strong winds have the potential to impact lives and properties.
  • Sea travelers are urged to consider safety actions as such winds can produce dangerous wave conditions that are hazardous to small boats.

“The general public is warned to take safety measures to avoid dangers or loss of life.

“People are therefore strongly advised to take safety measures to avoid danger and loss of life. People are also advised to listen to SIBC radio and all the media outlets for further updates and to share information with people with disabilities.

“The next strong wind warning will be issued at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.”


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