Signs of heavy rain. Photo credit: SIBC.

Signs of heavy rain. Photo credit: SIBC.

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

The Heavy Rain Warning is in force for Choiseul, Western, Isabel, Malaita, Central, Makira, Temotu and Guadalcanal Provinces.

The Met Office said at 3pm this afternoon, a Low of 1,002 Hector pascals was re-located at approximately 80 nautical miles Southwest of Western province and is slowly moving.

It says associated rain and thunderstorms are expected to affect the Solomon Islands.

The Met Office warns people living close to rivers, streams and low-lying areas are strongly advised to take precautionary measures because of flash flooding or flooding which may pose a danger to lives and property.

Motorists are also advised to use extreme caution when travelling in these areas. Never attempt to cross rivers and large streams of unknown depth.

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

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has issued a ‘WHAT TO DO’ information this morning.

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

The Centre warns people living in or close to the affected areas are strongly advised to take safety actions, including listening to the radio for emergency information.

It adds village leaders and families should always check the safety of their neighbours and vulnerable people in their communities as flooding may occur without warning.

Motorists are also advised to use extra caution when travelling in wet, slippery and flooded areas.

SIBC News understands the information is active.

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