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U.S. Territory Declares State of Disaster in Wake of Cyclone Gita

9 Feb 2018, 8:30 pm

A state of disaster has been declared in American Samoa Friday after Tropical Storm Gita tore through the island.

American Samoa is an American territory that faced extensive damage after tropical storm conditions hit Friday.

Samoan government report their focus on rescue and evacuation efforts in the wake of Gita.

Power was knocked out Friday forcing schools and businesses to close. The National Weather Service in Hawaii had to take over operations for the National Weather Service in Pago Pago after losing power, issuing warnings and forecasts.

American Samoa’s governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, said it’s likely the territory will ask for assistance from the United States.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos

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