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Cyclone Gita hits New Zealand after hammering Tonga

21 February 2018, 04:42 | Tara Lloyd

Gita making landfall in South Island

Gita making landfall in South Island

Tens of thousands of people have lost power, a number of major roads are impassable and flights to and from Wellington International Airport have been suspended until the cyclone has cleared.

The Grey District and Buller Districts on South Island have now also declared a state of emergency.

Cyclone Gita hit central New Zealand on Tuesday night with torrential rain and win gusts of 130 kph (80 mph) taking down trees and tearing off roofs.

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Jetstar, an Australian airline, has not suspended flights to New Zealand, but has told passengers that if they want to re-arrange their travel plans in order to avoid possible disruption, they will be able to amend their travel date until 1 March at no extra cost.

Last week, Gita reached wind speeds of 230 kilometres per hour and ripped through the Pacific island of Tonga.

New Zealand's MetService issued severe weather warnings for most of the country's South Island, expected to be hit by heavy rain and gale-force winds, while it said western areas of the North Island will face strong northerly winds.

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It was deemed the worst cyclone to hit the country in six decades.

'We are expecting homes to be flooded'.

The council has urged people to stay inside and not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary.

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Climate experts are predicting New Zealand will mark one of its hottest summers since records were first kept in the 1860s. Earlier, the storm had caused extensive damage in Samoa and American Samoa.



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