Former cyclone Gita should continue to move away from the country, the MetService said. New Zealand has declared a state of emergency as Cyclone Gita struck the city of Christchurch, just days after causing devastation on the island nation of Tonga The predicted path of Cyclone Gita, according to MetService. Cyclone Gita has hit New Zealand, turning rush hour to chaos and forcing evacuations.
The Impact of Cyclone Gita in Tonga. Cyclone Gita hit the Pacific island nations of Fiji and Tonga last week, packing winds up to 171 mph. On February 3, 2018, Tongans were hit with a tropical cyclone named Cyclone Gita — the most impactful tropical cyclone to hit Tonga in recorded history. The cyclone swept across the Pacific last week, bringing destruction and devastation to Tonga and Samoa.
Live tracking and path CYCLONE Gita battered Tonga last week with devastating winds that left thousands fleeing their homes.
Cyclone Gita could bring gales with gusts of over 150kmh, waves of over 6 metres, and heavy rain to a vast swathe of the country when it hits on Tuesday evening, according to predictions.
Cyclone Gita track map: When will tropical storm hit New Zealand? Cyclone Gaja nearing South India on November 15.
Fiji escaped major damage but Tonga suffered widespread destruction and flooding.
If Gita passes through New Zealand in less than 18 hours that will significantly reduce damage - if it lingers for over 24 hours, or 48 hours, then flooding and slips will become a bigger issue. After three long weeks, Gita heavily affected 70 percent, or 50,000 people — one-third of them being children.
However, heavy rain was expected to continue in Dunedin and North Otago until late afternoon. Formed: November 10, 2018: Dissipated: November 19, 2018 (Remnant low after November 20) Highest winds: 3-minute sustained: 130 km/h (80 mph) 1-minute sustained: 150 km/h (90 mph) Lowest pressure: 976 hPa ; 28.82 inHg: Fatalities: 45 total: Damage: $775 million (2018 USD) Areas affected: Southern Vietnam, Malay Peninsula, Andaman …