Tropical Cyclone Garry: A blow for MLK holiday
The end of the three-day MLK holiday weekend was punctuated with a gale warning for Tutuila and Aunu’u while the Manu’a Islands came under a storm warning. By 8am this morning, the storm warning was lifted for Tutuila, Aunuu and the Manu’a Islands. A small craft advisory remains in effect.
Tropical Cyclone Garry started out as a tropical depression about 300 miles west of Pago Pago and was first reported by the National Weather Service early Sunday morning.
By yesterday morning Garry was upgraded to a tropical cyclone and by midday had moved to within 115 miles of Pago Pago with winds expected to be in the range of 40-50 mph on Tutuila by last night. On Manu’a winds were forecast to pick up today, in the range of 55-65 mph.
At 7 pm last night the satellite image showed Garry at its closest point to Tutuila, approximately 100 miles north.
Wind speed had started to pick up in the Manu’a island group, as Tropical Cyclone Garry neared American Samoa, said two individuals via telephone from Ta’u island.
Tropical Cyclone Garry continues to move away from American Samoa, prompting the cancellation of the wind advisory for Tutuila and Aunu’u while a storm warning for the Manu’a island group have been downgraded to a gale wind warning and is expected to be canceled later this afternoon.
This is according to Mase Akapo, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pago Pago.
At 8a.m. today, the storm was centered about 60 nautical miles north of Manu’a moving east-ward - away from the island group - towards the Cook Islands, says Mase. High surf warnings remain in effect for Manu’a.