Samoa awakes to Gita carnage

By Elizabeth Ah-Hi and Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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Cyclone Gita slammed Samoa. Photo: Tasi Young.

Cyclone Gita slammed Samoa. Photo: Tasi Young.

Cyclone Gita slammed Samoa last night and during the early hours of this morning.

And when the nation awoke, the carnage left behind in her early morning fury was visible around Apia township and residential areas close to the Vaisigano river.

From early inspections, flooding appears to have been the biggest problem. Vaisigano is badly affected as well as nearby areas.

There is no electricity in Samoa at the moment except for companies and families with generators, water supply is largely disrupted but there are no reports of any casualties so far.

According to the Met Office this morning, the country is not yet safe.

Here is the weather update from this morning

Weather Update – 02:00am, Saturday 10th Feb 2018

The Tropical Depression TD07F has been upgraded to Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Gita by the Fiji Met Service as of 0600UTC. A Tropical Cyclone Warning is now enforced for Samoa islands as of the Special Weather Bulletin No. 3.

The TC Gita system continues on its sustained E movement (22mph) toward Samoa Islands with slight intensification. Cloud bands moving in from the northwest continues to direct periods of rain over the whole country, and wind gusts up to 55 mph at times particularly the northern districts, highlands, and locations exposed to northwest winds – Manono and Apolima islands included.

Expect winds to sustain at 35-45 mph with more rain to come in the next 6 hours.

Based on its current forecast track TC GITA is expected to relocate at about 23 km South South West of Apia by 7:00a.m today.

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