Country prepares for Cyclone Gita WeatherDisastersTV
Published on Feb 9, 2018Days of heavy downpour has taken a toll on some parts of the big island of Savai’i as the country hunkers down to await the arrival of what has now been named as Cyclone Gita. The Category 1 cyclone is expected to hit Samoa within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, a video posted on Facebook shows water ripping through a family’s home, sweeping properties along the way including a family vehicle. Elsewhere on the big island, transportation has been severely restricted, as a number of fords have been flooded and cannot be crossed. The notorious Maliolio river has burst and members of the public have been warned to take extra care. Overnight flights to Fiji were cancelled. Ferry trips between Savai’i and Upolu were cancelled yesterday. Some schools have already sent students home for the day. According to the latest update from the Samoa Met Office, the country should expect winds to pick up tomorrow morning.