Tropical Cyclone Gita Update - 15 Feb 2018

Tropical Cyclone Gita Update 15th February 2018

By MetService Senior Meteorologist Lisa Murray

Please note: all times listed below are New Zealand local time

At 3pm today, TC Gita was a Category 4 Cyclone (having weakened since yesterday and overnight) with estimated winds of 167km/hr and a central pressure of 950hPa, located over waters about SW of Kadavu, Fiji, (21.5S 175.2E) and moving west at about 15km/hr.

Tropical Cyclone GITA - 14 Feb 2018

Tropical Cyclone Gita

By MetService Senior Meteorologist, Lisa Murray, 14 February 2018

Please note: all times listed below are New Zealand local time

History

Tropical Cyclone Gita (TC Gita) was named by RSMC Nadi at 5pm on Friday 9th February, located to the west of American Samoa and initially a Category 1 tropical cyclone. Since then, TC Gita has tracked to the south of American Samoa before curving to pass near Niue and then westward directly over Nuku’alofa (southern Tonga), as a Category 4 tropical cyclone. 

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston 21 Feb 2016 update

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

Please note: all times listed in the text below are New Zealand local time

Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston was the strongest category 5 tropical cyclone to make landfall over Fiji. TC Winston made landfall in Viti Levu, Fiji earlier yesterday evening. Prior to landfall the estimated central pressure was 915hPa, with maximum winds near 230km/h.