The country's meteorological office and national radio station were both taken offline. L'actualité cyclonique du moment est marquée par le cyclone tropical GITA dans le sud-ouest du pacifique, qui vient de frapper de plein fouet les Tonga. "The aerial survey will help assess the scale of the damage wrought by the cyclone and help Tongan authorities determine the next steps in their emergency response.". Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) reported about 10 families on Ono-i-lau, which has five villages, had evacuated to higher ground. So irrespective of which mobile provider you are with, simply texting RED CROSS to 4644 will enable an automatic $3 donation to the Red Cross Pacific Disaster Fund," said Vodafone New Zealand Foundation Manager Lani Evans. This is certainly the case in Tonga where Gita made landfall in February 2018 as a category 4 tropical storm. Fua'amotu International Airport on Tongatapu Photo: My Tongan - Online community The owner of Real Tonga Airways said there was no power at Fua'amotu International Airport on Tongatapu, where the airport buildings have sustained some damage and there is significant flooding. Joanna's last tweet was around 10pm, and noted the cyclone was "getting mad". In total, 27 people died on the MV Taimareho (in the Solomon Islands), 2 died in Vanatu, and 1 died in Fiji. Le cyclone se rapproche à présent de la Nouvelle Calédonie. Les prévisions qui étaient particulièrement pessimistes pour cet archipel polynésien se sont réalisées. Cyclone Gita, a Category 4 storm, hit Tonga on 12 February after causing widespread damage in the neighbouring island of Samoa. The first images of the devastation are starting to emerge. Vodafone has made calls and texts to Tonga free from NZ, until 5pm Thursday. [But] I have never seen that before.". Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita was the most intense tropical cyclone to impact Tonga since reliable records began. On average, about one tropical cyclone a year affects some part of Tonga, but Gita is by far the strongest on record to make a direct hit on Tongapatu. La tempête tropicale Yasa lance la saison cyclonique 2020/2021 du Pacifique Sud. Fiji has escaped major damage from the Category 4 cyclone that tore through the Pacific Island nation overnight, a government official said on Wednesday, with no major population centers affected. Tropical Cyclone Gita 19 June 2018 Tropical Cyclone Gita made landfall in Tonga on 12 February, causing severe damage to the main island of Tongatapu. Read Previous Article Mormon Missionaries in Tonga and Samoa Safe After Cyclone Gita Read Next Article Students and Misssionaries Continue Tonga Clean Up After Cyclone Gita Style Guide Note: When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. New Zealanders in Tonga who require consular assistance should contact the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku'alofa, Tonga on +676 23122, the after hours number of +676 881 7022 or at nzhctonga@mfat.govt.nz. The aftermath of cyclone Gita is seen in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, February 13, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. Houses bowled, trees knocked over and flooding in Nuku'alofa. "They will most likely lose everything, including their plantations — which are their bread and butter," she said. "It was just unnerving. (TVNZ via AP) Source:AP Eighty were later escorted home in Takaka on Tuesday night, while 53 spent the night at the Motueka welfare centre. Tonga capital suffers widespread damage from Cyclone Gita. When Tropical Cyclone Gita, a Category 4 cyclone, struck Tonga on Monday 12 February 2018 it affected 80,000 men, women, boys and girls—roughly 70% of the entire population. On 12 February, Cyclone Gita passed over the Kingdom of Tonga, mainly affecting the islands of ‘Eua (pop. L'imagerie satellite montre que son petit œil a frôlé l'archipel par le sud. Après une cyclogenèse laborieuse suite à une effet Fujiwara, le système devrait à présent s'intensifier significativement. 4,950) and Tongatapu (pop. The category 4 storm hit the island on Monday night that … It was an anxious night for Wellingtonian Nastajia Bourke who lost contact with her 43-year-old sister Joanna. He said many of the "landmark" buildings in Nuku'alofa were badly damaged or destroyed. Trees have been uprooted, blocking roads. Answer 1 of 2: Our thoughts to all those who reside in Tonga or affected by the cyclone Gita which hit last night. A Tongan church bore the full brunt of Cyclone Gita. "This cyclone was a lot less strong than Gita, but it was still bad." "That was bad. Graham Kenna from Tonga's National Emergency Management Office told Radio New Zealand it was the worst situation he'd experienced in 30 years. The eye of the storm passed over Tongatapu island, the most populous island group in Tonga, causing one fatalitly and injuring 33. Le cyclone a tout d'abord changé de trajectoire dimanche dernier, en effectuant un virage vers l'ouest, sous l'effet de la dorsale subtropicale de moyenne troposphère. Power was out for much of the island by 9pm, and Kiwis were desperately trying to keep in touch with family members in Tonga whose cell phone batteries were dying. "She was doing well. The floodwaters from Cyclone Gita have turned the house where Virginie Dourlet is staying into an island. But once the power goes out, your emotions change and the fear sets in.". Cyclone Gita DAMAGE in pictures: Photos show the devastation left-wing i… This evening, Gita is forecast to hit southern Fiji as a category 5 cyclone as it augments over Fijian waters. Une trajectoire dans un premier temps de secteur ouest est attendue, rapprochant le système de la Nouvelle Calédonie. Toutefois, la présence de plusieurs circulations dépressionnaires rend la prévision particulièrement complexe. Cyclone Yasa : le scénario du pire pour les Fidji moins de 5 ans après Winston. C'est la deuxième tempête nommée et le premier cyclone majeur de cette saison. Il est certain que beaucoup de Tongiens n'ont pas fermé l’œil de la nuit. Liahona High School in Nuku'alofa lost its roof. After acquiring a steady east trajectory near Fiji, it org… READ MORE: * Samoa battles flooding, landslides, power outages * West Coast storm 'like a fire hose' tore down coastline * Tonga declares state of emergency ahead of Gita. 1 / 15. Tonga is expected to incur, on average, $15.5 million per year in losses from earthquakes and tropical cyclones. "I've seen a cyclone before. Le violent cyclone tropical Yasa frappe de plein fouet les Fidji. Air Commodore Kevin McEvoy, the Acting Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said the team on the ground will help survey damage and assist local authorities in identifying hardest-hit areas. Tropical Cyclone Gita made landfall in Tonga on 12 February, causing severe damage to the main island of Tongatapu. The survey would focus on Tongatapu and the neighbouring island of Eua, and determine the damage to major infrastructure like hospitals. The Impact of Cyclone Gita in Tonga. Apparently the worst cyclone to ever hit Tonga in recorded history. The aftermath of cyclone Gita is seen in Nuku'alofa . "We wanted to make sure everyone could take part in this important campaign. A signaler que l'état d'urgence avait été décrété par le gouvernement juste avant le passage du cyclone. First classified as a tropical disturbance on 3 February, the nascent system meandered near Vanuatu for several days with little development. Cyclone Gita has caused severe damage throughout Tonga, being labelled the worst storm to hit the country in 60 years. Tonga is a far-flung collection of 169 islands spanning roughly 500 miles from north to south. Bourke said her sister had barricaded the house on the advice of her builder brother, and packed an emergency evacuation bag in preparation for the storm. In February 2018, Tonga was hit by the Category 4 cyclone Gita causing significant damage to both Tongatapu and ‘Eua. Tropical Cyclone Ian in 2014 resulted in total damage and losses of about $50 million. The cyclone damaged or destroyed almost 2,000 … The storm is now approaching the southern islands of Fiji. GITA qui se déplace toujours en direction de l'ouest à une allure soutenue, s'éloigne rapidement des Tonga. ​At about 11pm and Joanna was anxious about how she was faring. 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. Aid supplies include 500 family hygiene kits, 200 shelter tool kits, 2300 10-litre collapsible water containers and 1000 tarpaulins. Le cyclone tropical sévère Gita est un cyclone tropical de force équivalente à la catégorie 4 de l'échelle de Saffir-Simpson de la saison cyclonique 2017-2018 dans l'océan Pacifique sud. RNZ Pacific' s correspondent Kalafi Moala said he was saddened to hear about the high waves hitting one of the big resorts in Tonga. Ensuite, GITA s'est renforcé graduellement devenant un cyclone de catégorie 4 sur l'échelle d'intensité du bassin, qui compte 5 niveau. Heavy rain and damaging sea swells were expected with sea flooding of coastal areas. MANDATORY CREDIT. Le météore qui génère des rafales maximales dépassant les 300 km/h, impact directement l'île de Vanua Levu. Animation satellite IR du cyclone tropical GITA passant à proximité des Tonga (NOAA). 6,144) was also impacted to a lesser extent. Cet épisode cyclonique potentiellement catastrophique intervient un peu moins de 5 ans après le terrible Winston. "The eye didn't directly go over the capital but probably more severe for them was the eyewall." Cyclone Gita damages a church and upends a tree. Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama counseled residents to “heed warnings and prepare”, although the storm is expected to go heavily populated areas. Tropical Cyclone Gita was the strongest storm to hit the Pacific island nation in decades. Tonga has been left devastated by Cyclone Gita. "The last we heard was her saying the roof was starting to lift, that water was coming in through her roof and the front door, which must have blown open," she said. NO … Nasa said the estimated sustained winds from the storm reached 230kmh, gusting to 278kmh. We’re responding through our local partner to help with the relief and recovery effort. She had travelled to Tonga, where she is based for part of the year, from New Zealand just two days earlier. People have lost their homes to Cyclone Gita, as the destruction in Tonga becomes clearer. The New Zealand Defence Force is taking 12 tonnes of aid supplies to Tonga, as well as a 10-member team. "If it weren't for the king tide hitting Tonga the same time as the cyclone, the damage would be less." Tonga is also located within the Pacific _ring of fire,_ which is associated with extreme seismic activity. Storm damage in Nuku’alofa, Tonga’s capital, on Tuesday. Dans le pacifique sud-ouest, le puissant et extrêmement dangereux cyclone tropical GITA a impacté quasi directement les Tonga. Photos from the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa showed Parliament house had been levelled, roofs had been torn off houses, trees knocked over and churches badly damaged. After three long weeks, Gita heavily affected 70 percent, or 50,000 people — one-third of them being children. On that track, its centre was expected to be about 85km southwest of Ono-i-lau at 6pm NZT. Le cyclone tropical GITA de catégorie 4 australienne a impacté quasi directement les Tonga. Winds were expected to increase to destructive hurricane force with average speeds of 195kmh and gusts to 275kmh. This was worse," she said. CARE, Live and Learn, and MORDI formed a partnership to respond to the immediate needs of those affected on both ‘Eua and Tongatapu. MetService meteorologist Michael Martens said the eye of the cyclone passed just to the south of Nuku'alofa and by 5am Tuesday was about 150km southwest of the main island of Tongatapu. The cyclone damaged 4,000 homes and destroyed over 800, caused the evacuation of over 4,500 people and left more than 80% of homes in Tonga without power. Virgine Dourlet, a French woman living in Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa, said the night was "just awful". About 5am local time (6am NZT) Fiji Meteorological Service said Gita was about 200km east-southeast of Ono-i-lau and moving west about 28kmh. TONGA Cyclone Gita Category: Four Briefing note – 15 February 2018 Any question? Home damage was widespread in the wake of the storm, according to … There were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. What we're doing to help. The record-breaking storm ripped roofs off homes, caused widespread flooding, and water & electricity shortages. Nastajia said she was concerned for people in simpler homes. Yasa représente une menace potentielle pour les Fidji. Close to the centre of the cyclone, average wind speeds of up to 195kmh were expected by 1pm, with momentary gusts to 295kmh. Damage > $123.5 million (2020 USD ... Harold was the first Category 5 severe tropical cyclone to occur in the South Pacific basin since Cyclone Gita in 2018 and was also the second-strongest tropical cyclone to ever affect Vanuatu, behind Cyclone Pam in 2015. Selon le CMRS de Nadi, GITA est prévu se renforcer encore légèrement pour atteindre la catégorie 5, qui est le stade maximal d'intensité dans le bassin. C'est la deuxième tempête nommée et le premier cyclone majeur de cette saison. Please contact our senior analyst, Alex Odlum: ao@acaps.org / +41 78 783 48 25 . Gita is one of the worst ever cyclone to hit the island nation Tonga, causing severe damage. Joanna, who began posting on Twitter again on Tuesday morning, was in a relatively modern house built to withstand harsh weather. Meteorological history. The eyewall of the cyclone had crossed the main island, "basically the worst possibly conditions affected the main island". Ces projections doivent encore être confirmées et la situation est à surveiller de prés, étant donné la dangerosité de ce cyclone. C'est encore la nuit dans le bassin et le réveil s'annonce difficile. La saison cyclonique 2020/2021 du Pacifique Sud est sur le point de démarrer. No sugarcoating folks - it’s pretty frightening outside with the wind - she’s consistent but the large swells are quite scary - she’s getting mad #CycloneGita. Effet Fujiwara dans le pacifique Sud pour débuter la saison cyclonique 2020/2021. Le système serpenta pendant plusieurs jours dans la région sans peu de développement puis se dirigea vers l'est … Gita est née le long d'un creux de mousson au début février 2018 et qui fut classé comme perturbation tropicale le 3 février près du Vanuatu. The second named storm and first major tropical cyclone of the 2017–18 South Pacific cyclone season, Gita originated from a monsoon trough that was active in the South Pacific in early February 2018. 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Cyclone Gita hit Tonga on February 12 as a category four with winds of up to 278 km/h. Winds raged between 110 and 275 kmph causing waves over 11 metres tall. The Vodafone Foundation is setting up a Red Cross Pacific Disaster Fund text to donate campaign too. The tension made it impossible to sleep.". La tempête tropicale Yasa est une menace potentielle pour les Fidji. Après avoir semé le chaos sur les îles voisines des Samoa, le cyclone Gita n'a pas épargné l'archipel des Tonga, où l'état d'urgence avait été décrété lundi. L'ensemble des prévisions s'accordent sur une inflexion en direction du Sud-Ouest, qui devrait permettre au département Français de rester suffisamment à l'écart. In the response phase, the partnership delivered emergency shelter and … Joanna had been holed up with her dog, said Bourke, but the dog had run off in the storm and it was too dangerous to follow him outside. The storm had been labelled the strongest cyclone to pass close to the islands of Tongatapu and Eua in 60 years by the British Met Office. Cyclone Gita clean-up efforts begin after category four storm batters Tonga By Pacific affairs reporter Liam Fox in Nuku'alofa Updated February 16, 2018 18:47:12 Ha’apai (pop. Facebook Noazky Langi/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. Dans tous les cas, une tempête va se former et la situation est à suivre de près pour les Vanuatu et les Fidji. The official estimate was that Gita was a category 4 cyclone at midnight, with the worst of the storm hitting Tongatapu between 11pm and 2am. Dourlet, who has lived in Tonga for five years and teaches French at a high school, was in the country when Cyclone Winston hit in 2016. Au moment du passage au plus près, les rafales du météore étaient estimées dépasser les 250 km/h. Tongans are surveying the damage after powerful Tropical Cyclone Gita moved on. C'est donc dans la nuit que le cyclone a transité à proximité immédiate du sud des Tonga. Trajectoire défavorable et cyclone redoutable par l'intensité, tous les ingrédients pour un épisode cyclonique extrême sur les Tonga étaient hélas réunis. Il est probable étant la proximité de passage, que les îles ont été impactées par le mur de l’œil, zone où se trouvent les conditions les pires d'un cyclone. Le cyclone tropical sévère Gita est un cyclone tropical de force équivalente à la catégorie 4 de l'échelle de Saffir-Simpson de la saison cyclonique 2017-2018 dans l'océan Pacifique sud. Joanna, whose Twitter account went quiet for several hours during the peak of the storm was alone in the family's home at Umusi. "We'd all been talking non-stop on the group family chat before the storm, giving her comfort since she's over there alone," she said. L'imagerie satellite montre que le tout petit oeil de ce catégorie 4 sur l'échelle australienne a frôlé l'archipel par le sud. About 11am Monday, a state of emergency was declared ahead of the storm's arrival. Cyclone Gita has caused severe damage throughout Tonga, being labelled the worst storm to hit the country in 60 years. Former cyclone Gita should continue to move away from the country, the MetService said. This week Tropical Cyclone Gita has swept across islands of the Pacific causing substantial damage to homes, livelihoods, places of refuge, and places of prayer. GITA est un cyclone de taille réduite, matérialisée par une masse nuageuse principale très concentrée. All airports in Tonga are currently closed due to damage and disruption following Tropical Cyclone Gita. Nastajia Bourke's sister Joanna's house in Umusi boarded up ahead of Cyclone Gita hitting Tonga. Read full article. Prévisions qui étaient particulièrement pessimistes pour cet archipel polynésien se sont réalisées Twitter again on morning. Deuxième tempête nommée et le réveil s'annonce difficile said the night was '' awful! 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