Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji

Location: Tonga and Fiji (Lau group)

Event: Tropical Cyclone Gita is forecast to pass over the main islands of Tonga on Monday, February 12, and Tuesday, February 13, as a Category 4 or 5 cyclone, causing very destructive hurricane-force winds, waves, and possibly flooding. The Tongan government has declared a state of emergency and has advised the public to stay off the roads. Schools are closed through February 13. Fiji Airways and Real Tonga flights to and within Tonga have been cancelled until further notice. The U.S. Peace Corps in Tonga is consolidating its U.S. citizen Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) at secure locations on Tongatapu, Vava’u, and Ha’apai.

Tropical Cyclone Gita is later expected to pass near the Lau group of southern Fiji on Tuesday, February 13. The U.S. Peace Corps in Fiji is in the process of consolidating its PCVs from the affected outer islands to Viti Levu.

Actions to Take: Avoid travel to low-lying areas until the storms have dissipated and flood waters have receded.

  • Individuals in flood-prone areas in Tonga should contact the National Emergency Management Office at 26-340 or 0800-6366 to locate an evacuation center in Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai, or ‘Eua.
  • Monitor the local news for updates.
  • Seek secure shelter.
  • Prepare for severe weather by ensuring an adequate supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, medications, and vital documents.
  • Visit the Fiji Meteorological Service, Na Draki, or the Central Pacific Hurricane Center for updated storm tracking information.