Tonga braces for Cyclone Gita

Tonga braces for Cyclone Gita

Based on data of the expected tropical cyclone path GITA-18, wind speeds zones from Joint Research Centre (Issued on 09 February 2018 06:00 UTC), and population data from WorldPop 2015, UNITAR-UNOSAT conducted a population exposure analysis for Western Samoa and Tonga.

"It is necessary for emergency powers to be exercised in order to prevent or minimise the loss of human life, illness or injury, property loss or damage and damage to the environment".

People in flood-prone or low-lying parts of Tonga are being urged to leave their homes before the cyclone makes landfall, forecast for about midnight.

His response came after Kaniva News reported yesterday two hardware suppliers opened temporarily for the public with Cyclone Gita approaching but they had no permits to do so.

Although the centre of the cyclone will not pass over Viti Levu, people are expected to experience strong winds and heavy rain.

"It bypassed Niue overnight, fortunately the winds did too with just strong to gale winds there".


"Category 5 means that the winds have reached 110 knots".

Destructive winds are likely to begin several hours before the cyclone passes overhead or nearby.

Gita struck Samoa and American Samoa Saturday, resulting in significant damage, including a lack of clean water in some areas.

As those in Samoa take on the mammoth task of cleaning up, those in Tonga are preparing for the worst; with people being told to remain indoors.

The Tongan Community in New Zealand is watching on with anxiety.

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