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Warnings Remain While Cyclone Garry Passes Samoa
Weather system expected to hit Cook Islands

By Lanuola Tupufia

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Jan. 23, 2013) – Samoa breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday when Cyclone Garry appeared to have skipped the Samoa group on its way to French Polynesia and the Cook Islands.

Garry became a category one cyclone on Monday night and it was intensifying yesterday.

But the Samoa Meteorology Office continued with the warnings to ensure members of the public do not become complacent.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer last night, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Mulipola Titimaea Ausetalia said it is difficult to be certain if the cyclone had definitely moved away.

That’s why storm warnings remained in effect for Samoa last night.

That, however, could change in the next 12 to 24 hours.

"It is slightly moving to the South East," he said. "At the moment (yesterday) it’s close to Manua Island.Savai’i is calm at the moment about 158 miles from Savai’i so it’s much closer to Apia than Savai’i. It’s still close to Upolu that’s why we are maintaining storm warnings." The flooding advisory, however, was cancelled.

Mulipola further explained that since "it’s moving to South East we could still be impacted by strong winds."

He urged members of the public to remain prepared until everything is clear.

Lastly the ACEO said that the tropical cyclone was officially named Garry by the Regional Specialised Meteorological Center at 8pm Tuesday. Another Special Weather Bulletin was issued at 6pm yesterday.

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