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Yet another qualified doctor at LBJ shown the door

“Budget restraints” said to be the reason
joyetter@samoanews.com

Due to budget restraints, the hospital has opted not to renew the contract for Dr. Ivy Clemente, chief pathologist at LBJ, says Taufete’e John Faumuina, the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer. He said the decision came from Chief Medical Officer Dr Iotamo Saleapaga, because there are currently two pathologists at the hospital, and Saleapaga contends the hospital only needs one. According to Taufete’e, Dr. Clemente’s contract will expire in May.
 
The CEO did not name the remaining pathologist. 
 



Samoa's Prime Minister in New York for historic deal

While the country braced for Cyclone Amos, Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, offered his prayers from New York.

He is among leaders from 175 countries gathering there to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule.

The signing took place on Friday, to commemorate Earth Day.

Speaking about the signing, the Samoan chief at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary General, Tupua Ban Ki-moon hailed the occasion as “historic progress.”



Hurricane warning cancelled as Amos travels away

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The National Weather Service in Pago Pago has cancelled the hurricane warning, with a gale warning in effect for Manu’a waters until 3 pm Saturday. A small craft advisory for all Samoa islands remains in effect.

American Samoa was in luck again today as TC Amos skirted past the territory with hardly a ripple, despite predictions of a serious storm.



Eye of TC Amos has passed over Tutuila and Aunu’u

fili@samoanews.com

While the eye of Hurricane Amos has passed over Tutuila and Aunu’u, forecasters cautioned that strong winds and heavy rain associated with the storm are still expected to impact local residents into late this afternoon.
 
Just before 1a.m. today, the National Weather Service in Pago Pago upgraded the tropical storm status for Tutuila and Aunu’u to hurricane warning, with Hurricane Amos to pass over the two islands late this afternoon into the evening. At the time, the storm was moving at 10mph, much faster than earlier this week.
 



Samoa News is checking out latest NWS bulletin

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As of 5:30a.m. today, Saturday, the National Weather Service at Pago Pago is reporting the center of Hurricane Amos is over Tutuila and Aunu’u (near Lat 14.3, Long 170.7W) and on this track, the hurricane will move farther south from the islands this evening, according to the bulletin issued at 6:30a.m today.

However, Tutuila and Manu’a are still under a hurricane warning, due to expected strong winds.

Samoa News is checking this information and will have more details soon.



Hurricane warning: Amos set to track over Tutuila

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Based on the latest weather computer models, the National Weather Service in Pago Pago is now forecasting Hurricane Amos to move over American Samoa’s main island of Tutuila this afternoon, Saturday afternoon, into early evening.

 



Weather Service: TC Amos picks up speed

update as of 6:30p.m. Am. Samoa time
reporters@samoanews.com

As of 5:30pm. today, the center of Hurricane Amos was about 190 miles northwest of Tutuila and 270 miles northwest of Manu’a and the storm was moving southeast around 13 mph, according to the National Weather Service bulletin issued at 6:30p.m. today (Friday).
 
Additionally, a southeast motion in forward speed is expected during the next 24 hours. And on this track, the core of the hurricane will move close to the southwest through southeast of Tutuila and Manu’a through early tomorrow (Saturday) evening.
 



TC Amos predicted to pass straight over Savaii

fili@samoanews.com

The National Weather Service in Pago Pago is now forecasting Hurricane Amos will pass over Savai’i island in neighboring Samoa late tonight — which is Saturday in Samoa and Friday in American Samoa.
 
In its latest bulletin, the Weather Office says that as of 1p.m. today (Friday in American Samoa), the storm was located about 250 nautical miles (290 miles) northwest of Tutuila and 150 nautical miles (170 miles) northwest of Savai’i and moving slowly.
 



Update: Storm warning posted for Samoa islands

Residents advised to stay safe, be prepared
fili@samoanews.com

American Samoa is now under a “storm warning” with Tropical Cyclone Amos tracking towards the Samoan islands while the ASG Department of Port Administration is looking at closing the Port of Pago Pago around midnight tonight, which is when forecasters predict the impact of the storm will start to be felt by Tutuila with strong winds.

 

PORT OF PAGO PAGO

 



TC Amos: All public, some private schools closed today

No flight changes as yet
fili@samoanews.com

All public schools and some private schools in American Samoa are closed today, due to the approaching slow-moving Tropical Cyclone Amos, which is expected to impact the territory starting tonight.
 
Yesterday, the National Weather in Pago Pago placed the territory under a storm watch and issued a high surf warning, saying that the cyclone will generate dangerous surf of 14 to 16 feet this afternoon (Friday) along the southwest, west, northwest and north facing reefs then building to near 18 to 22 feet tonight into Saturday.
 



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