(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Southern Pacific Ocean and saw the low pressure area previously known as Tropical Cyclone Gita, affecting New Zealand.
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's national carrier on Tuesday canceled all flights in and out of the capital, Wellington, and the southern city of Christchurch declared a state of emergency as the remnants of tropical cyclone Gita pummelled the country.
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite and the GPM core satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Gita is it began weakening from vertical wind shear. Warnings and watches are in effect for New Caledonia and Zealand is on alert for Tropical Cyclone Gita. Show More Summary
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite and the GPM core satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Gita is it began weakening from vertical wind shear.
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Cyclone Gita remained a powerful hurricane in the Southern Pacific Ocean when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and captured a visible image of the storm.
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Cyclone Gita dropped a lot of rain as it strengthened into a major hurricane in the South Pacific Ocean. NASA's IMERG calculated totals based on satellite observations that revealed over a foot (305 mm) of rain had fallen in various areas.
Clean-up operation under way following passage of major tropical system that ripped through the South Pacific.
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite provided a visible image of Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Gita as it continues to bring heavy rainfall, powerful winds and storm surge to Fiji Islands after pounding the island of Tonga.
The Pacific island nation had declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the hurricane
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Hurricane Gita strengthened into a powerful Category 4 hurricane on Feb. 12 and triggered warnings in Tonga and Fiji. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement Mission or GPM core satellite analyzed Tropical Cyclone Gita and found heavy rainfall occurring within the system. Show More Summary
Gita hammered Tonga with Category 4 intensity in what may be the most powerful tropical cyclone in memory to strike the islands.
Tonga declared a state of emergency Monday and imposed a curfew in the capital Nuku'alofa as the Pacific island kingdom braced for a direct hit from Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita. The cyclone has already created havoc in neighbouring Samoa and is threatening to become a Category Five superstorm as it approaches Tonga. Show More Summary
WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Pacific nation of Tonga braced for destructive winds and potential flash flooding from Tropical Cyclone Gita on Monday after the powerful storm pummeled Samoa over the weekend.
NASA's GPM core satellite examined rainfall in Tropical Cyclone Gita soon after the storm came together. Tropical Cyclone Gita formed near American Samoa in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean and triggered warnings and watches on Feb. 9. A Tropical Cyclone Warning is in force for Niue.