After leaving a trail of destruction from American Samoa to Tonga, Cyclone Gita will take aim at New Zealand early next week.

Gita will remain past its peak intensity and transitioned to a non-tropical storm when it barrels across New Zealand. However, residents should not let their guard down.

Heavy rain and strong winds still are expected to blast a part of the nation. Flash flooding, widespread tree damage, lengthy power outages and damage to some other structures may result.

The strong winds will also stir up rough seas, creating dangerous conditions for boaters. Storm surge flooding may also inundate coastal communities north of the storm’s track.

New Zealand Feb 15

Depending on the exact track of Gita, travel and daily routines can be significantly impacted in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Travelers should prepare for major disruptions, including flight and bus cancellations. Officials may be forced to close schools.

The above disruptions may not just be limited to when Gita is barreling across New Zealand but also in the storm’s aftermath where extensive damage and power outages occur.

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