Weather service clears speculation

The National Weather Service has cleared all speculations surrounding the gutsy wind and rain that wreaked chaos on Mbuke Island, Manus Province, over the weekend.

National Weather Service clarified South-East surge was what was experienced and not a cyclone.

Public Weather Forecaster, Ula Virobo, confirmed a strong wind warning was issued to Manus Province but that has been cleared as of today.

The South-East surge that swept over the Island completely damaged 12 houses, 25 others were partially damaged with no lives lost.

Virobo said the South-East surge has moved to Southern PNG border towards Torres Strait Island, Daru, Kiwai, Yule Island to Kerema and Hood Point.

A strong wind warning has been issued for these places.

The National Weather Service explained the country is transitioning from wet to dry season.

The Weather Office also confirmed there is no threat for tropical cyclones.

The National Weather Service is encouraging the public to keep up to date with weather information and forecast, take heed of weather warnings issued and apply precaution where necessary.

Carolyn Ure