by MetService Meteorologist Claire Flynn and the forecast team
Tropical Cyclone Gita was named by RSMC Nadi at 5pm on Friday the 9th of February 2018. Initially a Cateogory 1 Tropical Cyclone located west of American Samos, TC Gita curved to pass Niue and then moved westwards directly over Nuku’alofa (southern Tonga) as a Category 4 Tropical Cyclone. It reached Category 5 on 14/02/18, with maximum wind gusts of 205 km/h near the centre. It passed south of Fiji, heading towards New Caledonia, before curving southwards and heading into the Tasman Sea.