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Tropical Cyclone Tuni moves to east of Niuatoputapu

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

A tropical depression that has developed overnight into category 1 Tropical Cyclone Tuni is moving to the east of Niuatoputapu. Continuing Tropical Cyclone advisories are being issued today by Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre.

Tropical cyclone advisory number nine for Tonga on Tropical Cyclone Tuni

Issued from the Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone warning centre at 10:00am Sunday 29 November 2015.

A Tropical Cyclone warning

A gale warning remains inforce for Niuatoputapu.

A strong wind warnings remains inforce for Niuafo’ou, Vava'u, Ha'apai, Tongatapu and 'Eua.

A heavy rain warning remains inforce for Niuatoputapu.

A gale warning remains inforce for all Tonga waters.

A heavy damaging swell warning remains inforce for all Tonga waters.


Tropical Cyclone Tuni (993hpa) was located 15 decimal 0 south, 173 decimal 0 west or 135km northeast of Niuatoputapu at 08:00am this morning. Tropical Cyclone Tuni has estimated winds of 65km/hr near its centre and Is currently moving southeast at 10km/hr.

On its current track Tropical Cyclone Tuni is expected to lie 180km east of Niuatoputapu at 07:00pm this evening.

For Niuatoputapu:

Expect damaging gale force winds 55-75km/hr with momentary gusts up to 95km/hr.

Overcast with occassional rain, heavy at times with squally thunderstorms.

Flash flooding in low-lying areas.

High seas with damaging heavy southeast swells developing today.

For the rest of Tonga:

East to southeast winds 55-65km/hr with gust up to 75km/hr, especially in Niuafo’ou and Vava’u,

Cloudy with scattered showers,

Rough to very rough seas. A heavy damaging southeast swell.

Tide predictions:

High tide: 10:00am

Low tide: 04:05pm

The mean sea level pressure recorded at Fua'amotu at 10:00am was 1011.0

Millibars and the relative humidity was 75%

The next Tropical Cyclone advisory for Tonga will be issued at 1:00pm this afternoon (29/1½015)