HEAVY RAIN WARNING EIGHT ISSUED FOR SOLOMON ISLANDS

Signs of a Heavy Rain. Photo credit:

Signs of a Heavy Rain. Photo credit:

Heavy Rain Warning Number Nine has been issued by the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service at 5:30pm this evening.

The warning is current for all Provinces.

The Office says the warning follows a slowly moving low of 1,002 hectopascal relocated approximately 192 nautical miles South-Southwest of Tetepare, Western Province at 5pm this evening.

Associated rain and thunderstorms are expected to affect the entire country.

The Met Office warns that people living close to rivers, streams and low-lying areas are strongly advised to take precautionary measures as flash flooding may pose a danger to lives and property without warning.

It adds Motorists are also advised to use extreme caution when travelling in the affected areas.

The next update will be issued at 7am tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has issued a ‘WHAT TO DO’ Information at 10:45am this morning.

It says the information is currently crucial as it deserved frequent radio broadcasting in the country.

The warning follows the Heavy Rain Warning issued at 5pm this afternoon by the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services, which is active for the next 24 to 48 hours.

NEOC says the information is in force for Choiseul, Western, Isabel, Malaita, Central, Makira, Temotu and Guadalcanal Provinces.

It warns that people living in the affected areas including motorists and mariners should always take safety action, including listening to the radio for emergency information.

The Centre said community leaders and families should always check the safety of their neighbors and vulnerable people as flash flooding may occur without warning.

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