Samoa in state of disaster after strong tropical cyclone

AMERICAN SAMOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A state of disaster has been declared in Samoa after a devastating cyclone ripped through the island.

Tropical Cyclone Gita struck late Friday night into early Saturday. It made landfall as a category 3 storm.

Roads are flooded while more than 200 residents have been forced to evacuate into emergency centers.

Widespread power and water outages are impacting the area, and flood waters remain high throughout the community.

The United States Coast Guard says the port of Pago Pago remains closed to commercial traffic.

"High winds remain a concern through the weekend, as responders work to assess the region and resume the response to the grounded 88-foot commercial fishing vessel Chui Zai Fa No. 1, located approximately 300-yards off Leone Bay," U.S. Coast Guard officials added.

So far, there have been no reports of serious injury or death.

The storm is now moving towards Tonga and possibly New Zealand. A gale warning and small craft advisory remain in effect for Samoa.

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