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Tropical Cyclone Tuni moves south of American Samoa

Update: Sat., Nov. 28, 6 p.m.

The National Weather Service has cancelled the Tropical Storm Warning for Tutuila, Aunu’u, Swains and Manu’a islands at 05:28 p.m., Saturday, November 28, 2015. Tropical Cyclone TUNI is now 150 miles South of Tutuila and moving Southeast at 12 mph with maximum sustain winds near 45 mph.


The National Weather Service has also advised the continuance of the High Surf Warning for all islands until Sunday afternoon, and a Wind Advisory until 10:00 p.m. tonight.



Students from the sixth grade class of Manumalo Baptist Academy took a tour of the Samoa News office this past Wednesday where they saw first hand all the work it takes to publish a daily newspaper, from the advertising department to the newsroom.

Gov. Lolo released from LBJ, attends opening of Pago Village Sports Center


Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is not planning to seek medical treatment off island, says the Governor’s Executive Assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira responding to Samoa News queries.
Samoa News has received numerous inquiries about the status of the governor who was admitted into the hospital at 8p.m. Tuesday evening. As reported earlier the governor underwent an appendicitis operation for more than an hour. According to Iu it was a very minor issue. He was then released to recovery at the Surgical Ward and was released from the hospital Thursday evening.

Top leaders discuss Constitutional Convention and Bond sales


A Constitutional Convention is being recommended in two years time, following a meeting of territorial leaders convened by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga on Nov. 10 to discuss federal decisions affecting American Samoa.

There are really two U.S. purse seine fleets, asserts Fishery Task Force chair

One is opportunistic, the other is committed to American Samoa

American Samoa Fishery Task Force chairman Solip Hong has called on the federal government to recognize that there are two US purse seine fleets, with the smaller one based in American Samoa serving the local fishing and cannery industries.

Update: Tropical Cyclone Tuni — Sat., Nov. 28, 5 a.m.


As it intensifies Tropical Cyclone Tuni got closer to American Samoa around 12 mid-night, with heavy rain bombarding many areas of Tutuila island, resulting in many reports of flash flooding called into the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security’s (ASDHS) Emergency Operation Center (EOC).


Update on Tropical Cyclone Tuni — now Category I

CYCLONE UPDATE - 10:30p.m. American Samoa time

The National Weather Service in Pago Pago  has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for American Samoa, as the tropical depression which has been impacting the Samoan islands since yesterday has been upgraded to a Tropical Cyclone, named Tuni, a category one hurricane.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i reports that Tropical Cyclone Tuni was about 157 nautical miles west of Pago Pago and has tracked east-southeastward.

Storm Watch upgraded to Tropical Storm Warning


American Samoa is now under a Tropical Storm warning as Tropical Depression 03F intensifies and moves closer to the territory.
In a Hurricane bulletin at 12-noon today (Friday) the National Weather Service in Pago Pago says the tropical watch that the territory has been under since late yesterday afternoon, has been upgraded to a tropical storm warning effecting for all islands of American Samoa.

Court Report


A man is being held behind bars on bail of $15,000 on drug charges, after police found three rolled marijuana joints in his possession. Tassel Kuresa was arraigned in the High Court this week, facing charges of unlawful possession of the controlled substance of marijuana and unlawful possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute, which are both felonies.

Voc-Tech receives equipment, supplies from DOC funds

With funding from the local Commerce Department, under a memorandum of understanding with the Education Department, the Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School received tools, equipment and supplies on Tuesday that will be used for student learning in their trades area.
A ceremony was held at the school campus where DOC Planning Division manager, Line Kruse, who is also the Territorial Planner, presented the tools and equipment, to school principal Tupa’i Roderick Atafua, as well as faculty, staff and students.

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