Cyclones

Cyclone Gita Sweeps through South Pacific with Category 4 Winds

Click on the map above to track Cyclone Gita's path through the South Pacific. (Map by Andrew Schroeder/Direct Relief)
Click on the map above to track Cyclone Gita's path through the South Pacific. (Map by Andrew Schroeder/Direct Relief)

A Category 4 cyclone swept through the island kingdom of Tonga Monday, and now residents and officials are working to assess the damage from the ravages of wind and water that continue to move through the South Pacific.

The U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour during the storm, and a state of emergency has been declared in Tonga.

When the storm made landfall in Tonga, the torrential rains had already caused damage in Samoa and American Samoa.

Direct Relief emergency response staff are currently reaching out to local healthcare partners and authorities and will respond as needs become known.

Click on the map above to track Cyclone Gita’s path through the South Pacific. (Map by Andrew Schroeder/Direct Relief)

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