Strong wind warning for Milne Bay islands

People living on the islands of Milne Bay Province are urged to take necessary precaution before going out to sea due to strong winds.

The Papua New Guinea National Weather Service (PNGNSW) has issued a renewal strong wind warning today for all coastal waters of Milne Bay, Morobe and West New Britain.

Strong winds will affect coastal waters of Hood Point to Samarai Island including all Milne Bay islands, to Finschaffen and waters of West New Britain.

Strong northwest winds of 25/34 knots are expected to persist for the next six to 12 hours causing rough seas and high wind waves.

All small crafts and boats are advised to take necessary precautions before going out to sea.

PNGNWS assistant director Jimmy Gomoga said people should be wary of these warnings issued every time and adhere to these warnings to avoid getting lost out at sea.

He stressed that those on land should not go out to the forest in case of trees falling on them and to stay away from powerlines during strong winds.

Gomoga added that strong winds will continue right across the country with higher rainfall in March so flooding can be expected in some areas.

Quintina Naime