U.S. Territory Declares State of Disaster in Wake of Cyclone Gita
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.
Several S-Pacific island nations are watching #Cyclone #GITA. It's likely to pass near or over the main islands of #Tonga (red box) as a #hurricane-strength system Monday night. pic.twitter.com/QY6lbx8AeT
— Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone) February 10, 2018
— Sita Leota (@SitaLeota) February 9, 2018
Tropical Cyclone Gita made landall in Samoa last night, officially Category-2 pic.twitter.com/NlY6fW0q1s
— Tamas Marki (@tmarki) February 9, 2018
Samoan government report their focus on rescue and evacuation efforts in the wake of Gita.
— Talia (@ladypalamo) February 9, 2018
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