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Wednesday 14 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Many people are living in evacuation centres on Tongatapu today after 119 homes were completely destroyed and 1131 partially damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita, initial assessment reports revealed today, February 14. Damage figures are expected to rise. Reports from outer islands are still coming in.
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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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Sunday 11 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A hurricane warning remains in force for Vava’u, Ha'apai, Tongatapu and 'Eua. A strong wind warning remains in force for the Niuas. Very destructive hurricane force winds are expected from Monday morning. Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita, category 3, was located 750km east-northeast of Nuku'alofa or 645km east south east of Vava'u or 650km east of Lifuka at 10:00am Sunday morning. The cyclone is moving south about 12 knots and expected to gradually turn and move southwest today.
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Wednesday 7 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three low pressure systems circling the South Pacific region today may potentially form cyclones by the weekend, says Tonga's Meteorology Department, who are monitoring Tropical Depression O7F near Vanuatu which is moving toward Fiji. Meanwhile, Tonga MET’s forecast to midnight tomorrow issued at 1:00pm today warns of strong wind and heavy rain for the Niuas.
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Monday 29 January 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The heaviest rain dumped in Tongatapu over a 24-hour period so far this year was recorded today with the island receiving more than half of the month’s average rainfall, delaying the start of the school year for government schools.
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Thursday 28 December 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
For the first time in 60 years, only one tropical storm has struck the Southern Hemisphere so far this year in Indonesia in late November, compared to an average of at least five storms by Christmas Day. However, at least eight to 10 tropical cyclones are expected to hit this season, while the sea temperature is warmer than usual.
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Monday 18 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police are advising the public to be safe when going into the sea this summer. So far this year there have been 25 sea rescue missions that resulted in 91 lives being saved.
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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Bonn, Germany
Tonga at COP23 last week in Bonn, Germany, called for the establishment of Climate Change as a core security issue and stressed the need for Small Island Developing States such as Tonga, to build resilience, warning that inaction "will ultimately result in our disappearance as a people and a culture".
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Tuesday 14 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An 'Ocean Tides' workshop aims to strengthening ocean and maritime forecasting to improve safety and resilience. The workshop is hosted by Tonga Meteorological Service from November 13-17 in Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 16 October 2017
Cyclone Ian

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga may expect up to two cyclones in the coming cyclone season, according to the latest meteorological prediction. Tonga Met states there is a 40-50% chance that at least one of them could be a Severe Tropical Cyclone (Category 3 or above).
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Monday 21 August 2017

Honiara, Solomon Islands
The Tongan Government is looking to commit more than US$25 million towards the development of multi-hazard early warning systems over the next-three years. By Linny Folau.
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Friday 11 August 2017

Honiara, Solomon Islands
Meteorological services in the Pacific Islands have common challenges, and these will be discussed at the Fourth Pacific Meteorological Council Meeting in Honiara next week, says the chairman 'Ofa Fa'anunu, who is looking to strengthen communications services. By Linny Folau in Honiara
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Tuesday 18 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Green Climate Fund (GCF) Pacific Structured Dialogue attended by 140 regional delegates is being held in Nuku’alofa from July 18-21, to help Pacific countries access climate financing.
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Wednesday 21 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's busy Fire and Emergency Services received two fire trucks worth more than $90,000 pa’anga donated by the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Services yesterday, June 20.
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Tuesday 20 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The chance of El Nino developing has been stalled says Tonga’s Department of Meteorology (MET), although drier weather is predicted for all of Tonga for the remainder of the year. They encourage the public to use water wisely.
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Tuesday 23 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A gale warning remains in force or Tongatapu, Ha’apai and ‘Eua, while a strong wind warning is in force for Niuas and Vava’u land areas today Tuesday, May 23. In Nuku’alofa, schools were closed due to heavy rain and strong winds.
Tuesday 16 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Forecasts of drier conditions in the second half of 2017 may lead to the development of an El Nino climate cycle according to the Department of Meteorology (MET). However, although there is a 50% chance of El Nino developing, the El Nino - South Oscillation (ENSO) remains neutral.
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Friday 12 May 2017

Nadi, Fiji
As Tropical Cyclone Ella moves away from Tonga it is expected to weaken and track to the north of Vanua Levu in Fiji on Saturday.
Friday 12 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Ella (Category 2) was located 247km northwest of Niuafo'ou in northern Tonga at 3:00am this morning 12 May 2017, and on its current track is moving west at about 3 knots toward northern Fiji.

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