A gale warning remains in force or Tongatapu, Ha’apai and ‘Eua, while a strong wind warning is for Niuas and Vava’u land areas today Tuesday, May 23.
A heavy rain warning and flash flood advisory is also in force for all of Tonga, with a heavy damaging swells warning for all of Tonga waters.
In Nuku’alofa today, schools were closed due to heavy rain and strong winds.
The Fua’amotu Weather Forecasting Centre stated that a shallow low pressure system is approaching Tonga from the west, is expected to move across the group tonight.
An active trough of low pressure lies slow moving across Tonga is bringing associated clouds, rain and strong to gale force winds that may affect all of the islands.
The forecast to midnight 24 May for Tongatapu, Ha’apai and ‘Eua is fresh to strong east to southeast winds, with gusts up to damaging gale force winds, overcast with occasional rain, heavy at times.
For the Niuas and Vava’u is moderate to fresh east to northeast winds, strong and gusty at times tending north to northwest winds tonight, bringing overcast with occasional rain, heavy at times.
Outlook for Wednesday for Tongatpau and ‘Eua is fresh to strong east to southeast winds, rising up to damaging gale force winds at times, overcast with occasional rain, heavy at times.
For the Niuas, Vava’u and Ha’apai is fresh and to strong north to northwest winds with cloudy, overcast and bringing periods of occasional rain, heavy at times.
For Ha’apai, Tongatapu and ‘Eua waters, a gale warning remains in force while a strong wind warning for Vava’u and Niuas waters.