By Patricia Keamo – EMTV News Cadet
The National Weather Service has issued a Gale Force Wind warning this morning, Wednesday, January 2, for the South Coast of PNG.
This warning is especially for Western and Milne Bay Provinces.
According to the Director of National Weather Service, Samuel Maiha, the strong winds that started today is a result of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Penny in Queensland Australia.
Since this morning, there has been a series of strong winds experienced in Port Moresby, and around surrounding areas.
The National Weather Service issued Gale Force warnings, urging the general public to take heed.
The Gale Force winds have a strength of 34 to 47 knots or 60 to 80km/hour.
“I think PNG is being affected in terms of the surges into those lows – that’s in terms of the winds.” Maiha said.
The Director of the National Weather Service told EMTV News, that the strong winds were a result from the Tropical cyclone Penny in Australia.
According to reports, Tropical Cyclone Penny is now located on the East Coast of Cape York, 150km away from the southern coast of PNG.
Maiha says if the Tropical cyclone continues, places along the southern coast of PNG, more particularly Western & Milne Bay Provinces, will experience strong winds.
Maiha says most Tropical cyclones travel south of PNG, however, current strong winds depends on how the current Tropical cyclone Penny lasts.
He added that the Weather Service is also watching the probability of the tropical cyclone impacting El Nino.