Palau is in for a few more days of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorm, according to a Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service in Koror in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) .
The statement also explained that the “strong winds over the Republic of Palau during the weekend was responsible for the strong gusts, debris, and fallen trees observed throughout the island.”
The strong winds also caused power outages in several areas in Koror, it also affected cable and internet service.
Nemo’s weather statement added “there is a circulation southeast of Palau at this time which is generating scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. “
However the circulation according to the forecast will weaken by Tuesday evening as it moves west. Winds are forecast to be up to about 28 mph and seas up to 11 feet for the next couple of days and weakening as the week ends.
A High Surf Advisory remains in effect for north facing shores. Seas and winds are hazardous for small craft through Tuesday.
The statement added that the public is advised to take all precautionary measures when driving on the roads during events of heavy showers and be wary of debris. The public is also advised to secure all loose items around the house, secure boats, trim trees, and to exercise caution when driving up to the Babeldaob area for possible flooding and landslides.
The National Weather Service and NEMO are continuing to monitor weather conditions and will update the public accordingly.
Because the strong winds were unexpected during the weekend, NEMO Acting Coordinator Waymine Towai will be meeting today with National Weather Service Meteorologist-in-Charge Maria Ngemaes to come up with a united front in delivering daily weather updates in English and Palauan that include NEMO advisories and NWS weather data to radio stations, tour companies, and state offices. [/restrict]