King tides left Minimal damages in Upolu, but not Am. Samoa


The Fire and Emergency Services today (Friday) responded to calls from Samatau and Falelatai after “high waves” struck the coastline with some waves making their way into some family homes, but with very minimal damage. 

FESA Commissioner Tanuvasa Petone Mauga told Radio Polynesia in response to our question. 

“My team has been sent out and they will submit a report about the waves and what occurred, but fortunately no major damage,” he said. 

Matautu Aleipata, along the Saletoga Beach resort coastline, suffered damage from the waves. Police Commissioner, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo confirmed the Police did not receive any calls for assistance from the public. 

Efforts to get comments from the National Emergency Operation Center Chairman, Agafili Shem Leo were unsuccessful. 

However, in American Samoa, Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga has declared the territory in the State of Emergency. 

They had shut down the Pago Pago International Airport due to the runway being damaged and flights have been canceled as a result. 

A statement issue says that all government offices were closed, and normal activities were suspended at 1:00 PM today due to severe weather conditions resulting in damages to roads, infrastructure, property, and coastal villages. 

Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga says flights will resume as soon as the runway can reopen safely.