Heavy rain, flood warning issued

The Port Moresby warning centre has issued a heavy rain and flood warning for Southern, Momase, Highlands and New Guinea Islands regions.

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.

Meantime, Tropical Cyclone Penny (category one) has showed signs of weakening and is making a swing back toward the Queensland coast.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology tracking map showed Penny would downgrade to a low pressure system about 10pm and would continue to move slowly before moving west towards the Queensland coast tomorrow.

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