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Pacific: Tropical Cyclone Gita - Information Bulletin n° 1

The situation

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Gita was initially monitored over the Pacific waters as a Tropical Depression 07F (TD07F) analyzed southeast of Vanuatu. TD07F was later upgraded to a Tropical Cyclone Category 1 as it moved South South-East affecting Samoa with heavy rain, causing flooding, and gusty winds of between 39-54 miles per hour from Friday 9 February 2018.

TC Gita increased to Category 2 as it moved towards Niue on Saturday 10 February. As of early Monday morning 12 February 2018, the system continued west intensifying to a Category 4 as it approached Tonga waters in the early evening. Close to the center of the cyclone, TC Gita recorded winds of 205km/hour with momentary gusts of up to 285km/hour.

A tropical cyclone warning is in force for Tonga’s Vava’u group. Gale force wind or destructive wind warnings are in force for Ha’apai and Niuafo’ou groups in Tonga. A State of Emergency was declared by the Government of Tonga at 10 am on Monday 12 February for initially one month.

In Fiji, a cyclone alert has been issued for the Southern Lau Island Group, Kadavu and smaller islands in Fiji where the cyclone is expected to be passing through these waters on the 13 of February. This will continue as Tropical Cyclone Category 4 as it approaches further South-West from Fiji.

Whilst in Samoa, the Government of Samoa stated a Declaration of Disaster for 48 hours starting on 10 February. TC Gita caused extensive flooding in low lying, coastal and river areas around Savai’I and Upolu. There were damages on vegetation and power was also disrupted. There was widespread flooding especially in the Vaisigano catchment area.

Webspace(s): 
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Organization(s): 
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Original Publication Date: 
12 Feb 2018
Document type: 
Situation Report
Location(s): 
Tonga
Fiji
Samoa
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Tropical Cyclone Gita - Feb 2018