Schools closed in Samoa as tropical storms hit Pacific

Government schools in Samoa are ordered to close as tropical storms sweep the South Pacific.

18th February, 2020

Schools closed in Samoa as tropical storms hit Pacific
A road is blocked in Samoa in the aftermath of Cyclone Tino last month. Photo Samoa Observer
A road is blocked in Samoa in the aftermath of Cyclone Tino last month. Photo Samoa Observer

Strong winds and four-metre-high swells are hitting Tokelau and Tuvalu as heavy rains force the closure of schools in Samoa. 

A tropical disturbance has prompted warnings in Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu and the southern Cook Islands.

Much of Tuvalu is still recovering from Cyclone Tino last month. 

Government schools in Samoa have been ordered to close today and tomorrow as it braces itself for the tropical storm.

More than 130mm of rain had already fallen in Samoa by Monday night, bringing flooding to parts of Apia and nearby villages and causing some rivers to burst their banks.

Storm warnings are in force for both Samoa and American Samoa, with the islands sandwiched between two tropical disturbances, and beneath a broad low pressure system.

In American Samoa, winds as high as 111km/h have been recored and hundreds of families remain without power, after lines were damaged by strong winds.

Ferry sailings and some flights have been cancelled.