Heavy rain

Strong wind, heavy rain warning issued

This is for all coastal waters of Southern PNG/Indonesian border through Torres Strait and Daru to Kiwai Island, Kerema, Yule Island, Hood Point and to Aroma Coast.

The warning also includes Long Island, Madang, Bogia, Wewak, Aitape, Vanimo and Northern PNG/Indonesian border to Manus and its western group of islands to West New Britain, Bismarck and Coral Sea.

“Strong northwest winds of 25/34 knots are expected to continue for the next 24 hours, causing rough seas and high sea waves.

Heavy rain, flood warning issued

Heavy rain, showers and thunderstorms causing flooding and landslides associated with the monsoon trough to be experienced in the coming days in some areas of Southern, Momase, Highlands and New Guinea Islands Region.

Heavy rains are forecasted to occur and persist over the areas mentioned within the next 18 to 24 hours causing flooding and landslides.

All affected communities and areas are asked to take the necessary precautions.

Heavy rain, flood warning issued

The NWS says: “Heavy rain, showers and occasional thunderstorms associated with the monsoon trough will be experienced thoughout the country.”

However, Western, Gulf, NCD/Central, Milne Bay, East/West New Britain, New Ireland and Bougainville provinces are the main areas of concern.

These areas should expect heavy rain, severe flooding and landslides for the next couple of days.

“Heavy rains are forecasted to occur and persist over the areas mentioned within the next 24 hours.”

Heavy rain destroys village in Salamaua

Salamaua LLG councillor Semi Wenis who assisted in evacuating his people to the main village is now in Lae to seek help from appropriate authorities.

He said since Friday, villagers have been affected by the disaster.

The primary school is under water  and classes have been suspended.

The area is known for the Kamiali conservation and it is also affected.

Cr Wenis said while villagers have been moved to  higher  grounds it is still not safe because of heavy rains still experienced in most parts of the province.

Ignacio strengthens into Category 4 hurricane near Hawaii

Ignacio has grown to a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds of up to 140 mph. Forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said conditions are right for it to continue strengthening Saturday, but upper-level winds will weaken the storm in the following days.