WEATHER OFFICE ISSUED ITS FIRST HEAVY RAIN WARNING

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service has issued its first heavy rain warning today. Photo: blog.al.com

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service has issued its first heavy rain warning today. Photo: blog.al.com

The MET Service has issued its first heavy rain warning today; and warns people living near rivers, streams and low lying areas to watch out for flash flooding or flooding.

The warning is current for Choiseul, Isabel, Western, Malaita, Guadalcanal, Makira, Central, Rennell & Bellona and Temotu provinces and was issued at 6.30am this morning.

In the warning, the MET Service says a monsoon trough lies just south of Solomon Islands re-located approximately 160 nautical miles west-southwest of Rennell Island at five am this morning.

The MET Services say associated cloud and rain are expected to affect the Solomon Islands within the next 24 hours.

In the warning, the MET Services say people living close to rivers, streams and low lying areas are advised to take precautionary measures, because of flash flooding or flooding, which may pose danger to lives and property.

Motorists are also advised to use extreme caution when travelling in these areas and people should not attempt to cross rivers and large streams of unknown depth.

The next update was issued at five pm this evening.

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