Tropical Cyclone Gita packing winds of about 40 mph

This is a special bulletin from the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security – TEMCO issued at 07:00 p.m., Thursday, February 08, 2018.

The National Weather Service has issued a TROPICAL STORM WARNING for American Samoa at 07:32 p.m., Thursday, February 08, 2018. This means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 36 hours. Tropical Cyclone Gita was located about 300 miles West of Tutuila and tracking East-Northeast at 17 miles per hour with maximum winds near 40 miles per hour and expected to increase to 50 miles per hour after midnight.

The public is advised to please heed the issued bulletin and…

  • Residents in low lying and open field areas are reminded to take necessary precautionary measures and preparations for safety of persons and protect property.
  • The public is advised to be extra cautious when driving through flooded roads and in windy conditions.
  • There is also a risk of mudslides and landslides along steep slopes and mountainous areas, as the grounds become saturated with water from heavy rain fall.
  • Tropical Storm force winds can cause injury to person and damage to properties from loose items lying about in yards or flying debris.
  • Please avoid roadways and allow access for first responders.

The American Samoa Department of Homeland Security – TEMCO will continue to monitor the situation and we will issue further bulletins if necessary. Report any flooding or landslides to the EOC at 699-3800 or the Police at 633-1111.