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Monday 19 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“The sooner that we reopen for business, the better,” is Pangia Earl Emberson's reaction to the devastation of the Pangaimotu Island Resort by Tropical Cyclone Gita during the night of 12 February.
Monday 12 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cyclone Gita will reach Category 5 by the time it hits Tongatapu and ‘Eua this evening, the strongest in recorded history to approach Tonga, warns Director of Tonga MET, 'Ofa Fa'anunu at a press conference this morning. “Category 5 means that the winds have reached 110 knots. This is around 220 and 230 km per hour winds....We need to move now to evacuation centres.”
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Sunday 11 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita is forecast to hit Tonga with up to Category 4 force winds from tomorrow morning, Monday February 12, according to the latest forecast from the Nadi Tropical Cyclone Centre in Fiji. Tongans are handicapped in their preparations for the storm as strict sabbatical laws prevent Sunday trading for emergency supplies. At 4:30pm today the capital, Nuku'alofa remains quiet and sleepy. Tonga Met officers said this afternoon that if the cyclone speeds up from its present slow moving approach it might arrive earlier. A hurricane warning remains in place for most of Tonga. Tonga should be on high alert until the storm passes on Tuesday morning.
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Monday 6 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A heavy rain and flash flooding warning has been issued by Tonga’s Meteorology Department for Tongatapu, ‘Eua, Vava’u and Ha’apai at 1:00pm today. Residents in low-lying areas are warned to be alert for possible flash flooding over Monday night and Tuesday.
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Friday 17 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Unsettled weather continues to affect Tongatapu this weekend as a strong wind warning remains in force for the main island and ‘Eua land areas, due to Tropical Depression 12F located 30km northwest of Nuku’alofa at 3:00pm today Friday, February 17.
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Thursday 16 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The heaviest rain dumped in Tongatapu over a 24-hour period so far this year was recorded from February 15-16 causing flooding to homes and roads in low-lying areas.
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Wednesday 1 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirteen people were arrested and charged for alleged drunk driving, disorderly behaviour and drinking in public places, mainly in Central Nuku’alofa, over the weekend from January 27-29, in Operation Safe Streets to prevent alcohol-fueled crimes in Tongatapu.
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Monday 26 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu's rubbish dump, the Tapuhia Landfill at Vaini, erupted into flames, burning furiously and sending a column of smoke towering over Nuku’alofa yesterday, Christmas Day. Tonga's firefighters today remain challenged by the biggest fire they have ever encountered, already trucking over half a million litres of water to the site, which is still smouldering and emitting toxic fumes.
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Thursday 6 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan farmers might expect some rain early next week to relieve the current dry conditions in Tongatapu, Ha’apai, ‘Eua and Niuafo’ou, according to the Tonga Meteorology Department today. However, water conservation is still advised as below average rainfall is persisting for the season.
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Tuesday 30 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 900 young primary school students from 49 Primary Schools in the central, western and eastern districts of Tongatapu participated in a regional soroban competition that ended on Thursday, 25 August with top students to enter a national competition in 2017.
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Wednesday 13 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Missing New Zealand visitor Gregory Paul Reynolds (47) was last sighted in Tongatapu on Thursday, 7 April at the Liku'alofa Beach Resort, where he was staying, Tonga Police confirmed yesterday.
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Tuesday 16 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A short tremor was felt in Tongatapu tonight at around 4:03 am. The M 5.7 earthquake rattled houses and woke people, who stayed indoors sheltering from the gale force winds and heavy rains brought to Tonga overnight by Tropical Cyclone Winston - an unusual cyclone that is worrying weather experts because it is moving north.
Monday 15 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As Tongans welcome drought-breaking rains today, bringing relief from a February heatwave, Tonga Met warns that Tonga can expect gales tonight as Tropical Cyclone Winston cat. 2 approaches Tonga from the southwest. The first Tropical Cyclone Warning for TC Winston was issued at 4:30pm this afternoon and a second at 7:30pm for the cyclone that is forecast to hang around in Tongan waters for most of the week.
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Friday 22 January 2016

Fua'amotu, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Victor (cat. 2) is forecast to bring damaging gale force winds of 65-75kph, squally seas and thunderstorms this evening to southern Tongan islands, according to the latest Tropical Cyclone Advisory #12 issued by the Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre at 1:30pm Friday 22 January 2016. The centre of the cyclone is expected to lie about 150km southeast of 'Eua at 7:00pm.
Thursday 27 November 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu voters have replaced seven of their ten incumbent MPs, retaining only three in today's General Election. One of the incumbents did not restand. No women were successful in taking Tongatapu seats.
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Tuesday 4 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The threat of death by electrocution during flooding in Tongatapu’s heavily-populated areas was a concern during Tropical Cyclone Kofi over the weekend, March 1-2, as Tonga’s National Emergency Management Office pointed out that the power was not shut down in inundated areas.
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Sunday 2 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Kofi brought heavy rain and gusts of up to 48 knots (90kmph) to Tongatapu early this morning as the system moved to the southwest of Tonga. The Fua‘amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre has downgraded the cyclone warning this morning, while a gales warning remains in force for Tonga waters, with an extreme high tide advisory continuing for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Saturday 1 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu, ‘Eua and Ha‘apai can expect damaging gale force winds of 35 knots with gusts up to 50 knots overnight as Tropical Cyclone Kofi moves southeast through southern Tongan waters. On its current track the centre is expected to lie about 205km west-southwest of Nomuka or 140km west of Nuku‘alofa about midnight tonight, Saturday. The Fua'amotu TCWC warns that damaging gale force winds may occur several hours before the Cyclone centre passes. (FTCWC Advisory 3:00pm).
Saturday 1 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tropical Cyclone Warning is now in force for Vava‘u, Ha‘apai, Tongatapu and 'Eua as Tropical Depression 15F approaches Tonga and is forecast to become a Category 1- 2 cyclone as it moves through southern Tonga on Saturday and Sunday. On its current track and if the depression continues to intensify, the centre is expected to lie about 290km west-northwest of Nomuka or 265km northwest of Nuku'alofa at 7:00pm this evening. Latest forecast at 9:00am from Fua'amotu TCWC.
Tuesday 13 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The villages of Ha'asini and Hamula on Tongatapu now have access to new banking services with the launching today of in-store banking in their community by the Westpac Bank of Tonga.
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