A Tropical Cyclone warning for Tonga was cancelled by Tonga Meteorological Services this morning, as TC Mona moves away from the group.
A gale warning, strong wind warning, and heavy damaging swell advisory that was in force for Tongatapu and ‘Eua has been cancelled.
At 7:00am today, the Category 1 cyclone was located 310km west northwest of Nuku’alofa and is moving southwest at 10 knots or 18km/hr.
TC Mona is expected to continue moving further away from Tongatapu and ‘Eua in the next 3 to 6 hours and on its current track located at around 365km west of Nukua’lofa at 1:00pm.
Meanwhile, a trough of low pressure lies slow moving over Tongatapu and ‘Eua and will move further south by midday today. Associated clouds with occasional showers may continue to affect the group today.
The outlook for Tongatapu and ‘Eua today is east to northeast winds of 10-15 knots (20-30km/hr), rising up to 20-25 knots at times (40-50km/hr). It will be mostly cloudy and overcast with occasional showers, possibly heavy at times with moderate seas and a moderate southeast swell.
Vava’u and Ha’apai are expected to experience north to northeast winds at 5-10 knots (10-20km/hr) which may rise up to 15 knots (30km/hr) at times. It will also be mostly cloudy with occasional showers with moderate seas and a moderate northerly swell.
The outlook for the Niuas is north to northwest winds of 10-15 knots (20-30km/hr), rising up to 20 knots at times (40km/hr). It will be mostly cloudy with occasional showers, possibly heavy at times with isolated thunderstorms especially Niuatoputapu with moderate seas and a moderate northerly swell.