The heavy downpour from TC Harold has inflicted serious damage to a bridge connecting communities in North West Guadalcanal to Honiara.

The people and farmers who usually transport their products by vehicle to the capital Honiara are now cut off.

Hours of heavy downpour overnight resulted in rivers and streams bursting, carving a 3 metres wide gaping hole. People have had to place timbers in attempts to cross on to the other side of the bridge.

This morning vehicles loaded with passengers, copra, cocoa and other local produce had to turn back, others looked for alternative transport.

People are frustrated that this has become a norm whenever there is bad weather. Bridges washed away, roads blocked, and villages inundated by floods - no amount of repair work seems to solve the problem.

Meanwhile the Solomon Islands Meteorology Service has advised that all provinces will experience heavy rain and thunderstorms as TC Harold passes through.

The weather office said the cyclone is moving east southeast at 14km/ph. and is expected to intensify to category 2 strength later today.