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State of Emergency declared for Vava‘u and Ha‘apai

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State of Emergency declared for Vava‘u and Ha‘apai

A state of emergency for Vava‘u and Ha‘apai was declared at 8:00am today as Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian strengthened to Category 5, battering the groups with damaging gales and heavy rains overnight and today, with powerful intermittent gusts that were forecast to increase to 110 knots (203km per hour) with momentary gusts to 155 knots (287km). However the 9:30am advisory from Fua’amotu Tropical Cyclone warning Centre has downgraded Ian to Category 4 with gusts up to 135 knots.

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