Clouds over Honiara. Photo credit: SIBC.

Clouds over Honiara. Photo credit: SIBC.

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service has issued a tropical cyclone watch advice for the country.

In this morning’s weather update, the MET Service warns tropical cyclone PAM, category One, is located approximately 149 nautical miles North-Northeast of Anuta Island, Temotu Province.

It explains, Cyclone Pam is moving Southeast at six knots but increasing in strength.

Gale Force winds of up to 47 knots are expected over Temotu during the day and over Makira and Malaita Provinces within the next 24 to 48 hours.

It says all other provinces expect winds of up to 30 knots as a result of Cyclone Pam.

MET further warns, seas will be rough with heavy swells and coastal flooding. It cautions people to take extra care at this time.

MET has encouraged all Solomon Islanders to listen to SIBC for further advice.

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has issued a Heavy Rain and Flooding, “What to Do,” information for all Provinces and Islands following the Heavy Rain Warning Number Nine issued at 6 am this morning.

NEOC says people living in or close to vulnerable flooding areas are strongly advised to take serious action, saying village leaders and families should listen to their radio for emergency information and to check that their neighbours and vulnerable people gave received this advice.

The warning adds, people in low-lying coastal areas under threat of flooding should prepare to move to safe areas, and take only essential items like, radio, mobile, matches, torch, knife, food, water, important papers, important medicines, store drinking water in sealed plastic containers as water supply may be interrupted.

It warns parents to keep their children indoors.

The statement advises motorists to use extreme caution when travelling in wet, slippery and flood areas and are encouraged not to cross large streams of unknown depth.

Mariners are also advised to be extra cautious when travelling out in the sea.

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