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Tropical cyclone warning number five

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TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING NUMBER FIVE ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE AT 7:30 PM THIS EVENING, FRIDAY 03RD APRIL 2020.

A TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING IS CURRENT FOR ALL PROVINCES.

AT 5:00 PM THIS EVENING, TROPICAL CYCLONE HAROLD (CATEGORY ONE) WITH A CENTRAL PRESSURE OF 995 HECTOPASCALS WAS LOCATED NEAR 11.8 DEGREES LATITUDE SOUTH AND 162.2 DEGREES LONGITUDE EAST. THIS IS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 56 NAUTICAL MILES (103 KILOMETRES) SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF SANTA CATALINA, MAKIRA PROVINCE.

CYCLONE HAROLD IS MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 18 KNOTS (33 KILOMETRES PER HOUR) TOWARDS THE WATERS SOUTH OF TEMOTU PROVINCE AND STRENGTHENING.

GALE FORCE WINDS OF 34 TO 47 KNOTS (63-87 KILOMETRES PER HOUR) WITH MAXIMUM GUST OF 50-55 KNOTS ARE EXPECTED TO AFFECT GUADALCANAL, CENTRAL, MALAITA, MAKIRA, RENNEL BELLONA AND TEMOTU PROVINCES WITH VERY ROUGH SEAS AND MODERATE TO HEAVY SWELLS (3.0 – 4.5 METRES).

EXPECT WINDS OF 25-33 KNOTS (46-61 KILOMETRES PER HOUR) OVER REMAINING WATERS AND LAND AREAS. MODERATE TO ROUGH SEAS WITH MODERATE SWELLS.

SUCH BAD WEATHER MAY LEAD TO LANDSLIDE, FLOODING AND COASTAL FLOODING OVER COMMUNITIES ALONG THE COAST, LIVING NEAR HILL SLOPES, CLOSE TO LARGE RIVERS, STREAMS AND LOW LYING AREAS.

SEA TRAVELERS ARE URGED TO CONSIDER SAFETY ACTIONS AS SUCH HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS CAN CAUSE ROUGH SEAS AND REDUCE VISIBILITY.

MOTORISTS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRAVELLING ON ROAD. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS RIVERS AND LARGE STREAMS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH.

PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AS SUCH BAD WEATHER HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO IMPACT LIVES AND PROPERTIES.

PLEASE LISTEN TO SIBC AND ALL MEDIA OUTLETS FOR FURTHER UPDATES.

THE NEXT CYCLONE WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT 1:30 AM EARLY TOMORROW MORNING.

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