Cyclone Gita moving away from Samoa, P.M. addresses the nation

By Joyetter Luamanu ,

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Category 2 winds of 55 to 72mph brought by Cyclone Gita this morning have been cancelled.

The cancellation comes from the latest Samoa Met Office special weather bulletin issued this afternoon as the nation recovers from the devastation caused by the Cyclone overnight. The bulk of the damage appears to have been caused by flooding.

This afternoon, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi addressed the nation during a press conference held inside his office.

He said there are evacuation sites available at Tuana’imato for families whose homes have been affected by flooding.

Tuilaepa’s Administration held an emergency meeting yesterday morning to map out their response to aftermath of the cyclone.

 “Late last night it was category one however as of this morning it had increased to a level two category,” he said.

“The good news is that it is slowly moving away from us.”

Some of the villages badly affected by flooding include Lelata, Apia Park, Fa’atoia, Matautu, Fugalei, Taufusi and Pesega.

Little is known about the damage done to Savaii and villages in rural areas.

Here is the latest weather forecast.

SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN NUMBER SIX (6) FOR SAMOA
ISSUED BY SAMOA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES AT 100600 UTC OR 08.00 PM 
SATURDAY 10th FEBRUARY 2018

“TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CATEGORY 1 (39-54mph) REMAINS IN FORCE FOR ALL OF SAMOA”

SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN
SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN

“HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SAMOA; FLOODING AND LANDSLIDE IS POSSIBLE FOR VULNERABLE AREAS.”

“FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS DUE TO HIGH SURF.”

Tropical Cyclone GITA (CAT 1) was located -17.1 South, -169.2 Southeast or at about 512 km Southeast of Taga or 460 km Southeast of Apia at 100430 UTC or 6:30 PM today.

Tropical Cyclone GITA (CAT 1) continues to move southeast and away from Samoa at the speed of 14 knots (16 mph). Based on its current forecast track TC GITA (CAT 1) is expected to relocate at about 606 km Southeast of Apia by 6:00a.m tomorrow morning. However an active convergence zone linked to Tropical Cyclone Gita will continue to direct fresh to strong winds and periods of heavy rain for tonight.

TONIGHT:

Occasional showers with heavy downpours at times and few thunderstorms.

Northwest winds of 35-45 mph increasing to 55 mph at times. Storm surge of 12-14 feet.

SUNDAY AND MONDAY:

Occasional rain, heavy at times and thunderstorms
Northwest winds of 25-30 mph gust to 40mph at times. Combine waves and swells of 10-12 feet.

Rough seas and swell of 10-12 feet over open seas.

Potential Impact – River overflows, slippery road, poor visibility, flooding, landslide and flying objects.

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