First sailing out of the Salelologa end by the Lady Samoa today on Thursday morning was a major relief for the hundreds of travellers stranded by bad weather that forced a stop to all ferry travels.
“Leaving the Salelologa wharf yayyy…but already feeling the rough seas,” one happy traveller on the trip reacted on email.
Sailings between the busy route between Mulifanua and Salelologa have been erratic in the past few weeks with unpredictable, poor weather conditions.
The Samoa Shipping Corporation was not taking any chances with the safety of the travellers when they were forced to shut down travel on the route.
The run of heavy rains, gusting winds and heavy ocean swells were from a weather condition lying several hundred kilometers from Savai’i over the past several days.
Yesterday’s weather forecast showed signs of heading into a better, brighter weekend.
The tropical Depression 11F (TDF11) that hovered west of Savai’i, was moving south towards Tonga.
Latest weather report, however, described an upgrade of the depression into Cyclone Pola still moving away from Samoa and towards Tonga.