Cyclone Gita not yet a threat to Vanuatu

CYCLONE Gita is not a threat to Vanuatu at this stage, says the Meteo.

Speaking to the Independent Online this morning, a spokeswoman from the Weather Forecast section in the Vanuatu Meterology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) said at this time, Cyclone Gita is not a threat to us.

“We have been looking at the outlook but there is a low to moderate chance for the cyclone to affect us,” she said.

“TC Gita is still affecting Tonga but hasn’t been to Fiji yet.

“In the next few days, if it moves in the west direction towards to Vanuatu, then it will affect us but if it changes direction to the southwest then it will just pass by Efate and the southern islands like Erromango and others will face some wind.”

She said they are still looking at the weather and information will be provided if the cyclone is coming to Vanuatu.

“Otherwise last time during TC Pam, it was affecting us here and its cloud was in Fiji so that’s why they get a lot of flooding,” she said.

“But TC Gita is affecting Tonga and there are no clouds in Fiji so there is no flooding in Fiji yet.”

Category Four cyclone Gita, which is expected to become a Category Five today, has cut a swathe of destruction through Samoa and Tonga and is likely to cause damage to the southern parts of Fiji.