1 Nov 2017

Flash flood warning in American Samoa

7:32 am on 1 November 2017

In American Samoa torrential rain has flooded roads and felled trees and a flash flood warning in effect remains in force this morning.

One family in Fagatogo was forced to evacuate last night.

The Emergency Operations Center was informed of fallen trees blocking the road at Afono yesterday evening .

This morning , it received a call about a home being flooded due to an overflowing stream in Amouli.

The heavy rains are caused by an active surface trough that is moving at a snail's pace over the Samoa group.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory which will be in effect until 3pm.

A stream advisory is also in place

The National Weather Service in Tafuna recorded 74 mm (2.91 inches) of rain between yesterday evening and six this morning but Meteorologist Carol Maafala Baqui says the rainfall count in areas next to mountains will be much higher.