A state of emergency has been declared in Tonga, American Samoa and Samoa as Tropical Cyclone Gita hits the islands, in what has been described by Tongan Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell as the ‘most powerful storm in the country’s history’. The storm is the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane and is expected to hit Fiji in the coming days.

Some advice for those in the path of the cyclone can be found further down.

Fiji

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest Update: The current forecast from Fiji’s Meteorological Service has Tropical Cyclone Gita passing to the south of Fiji’s main islands on 13 February. However, a tropical cyclone alert is in force for the Lao Group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands. Strong winds and heavy rain are expected. Monitor local media, including local radio broadcasts, for updates and follow the instructions of local authorities. For consular assistance, please contact the British High Commission in Suva on +679 322 9100.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/fiji 

Tonga

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest Update: A severe weather warning is in effect for Tonga due to Tropical Cyclone Gita. Tropical Cyclone Gita is expected to make landfall on the afternoon of Monday 12th of February and strong winds and heavy rain are expected. It may cause flash flooding and landslides and could severely disrupt essential services. Monitor local media, including local radio broadcasts, for updates and follow the instructions of local authorities. We strongly advise that you do not venture outdoors and remain well away from the sea, due to the possibility of storm surge. There is no permanent UK diplomatic presence in Tonga. Therefore for emergency consular assistance, please contact the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku’alofa on +676 23122 or afterhours +676 8817022. For routine consular assistance, please contact the British High Commission in Fiji on +679 322 9100

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tonga

Samoa

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