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Monday 26 February 2018

Carson City, Nevada, USA
A Brigadier General with the Nevada National Guard, who was in Tonga when Tropical Cyclone Gita struck on February 12, said they didn't expected Gita to turn towards Tongatapu or expect it to become a serious category of cyclone, but “In terms of sheer destruction, it’s up there with anything I’ve seen.”
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Friday 23 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ten power lines workers and two support staff from Australia have joined forces with Tonga Power Ltd staff to quickly restore power to homes and businesses on Tongatapu and ‘Eua. The extra help will ease the workload of Tonga Power staff who have been working tirelessly to get the electricity network up and running since Cyclone Gita struck last week.
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Friday 23 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two severely injured cyclone victims remain stable in Vaiola Hospital today. A man, 'Ofila Havea, suffered a severe spinal injury at Popua, and a woman, Ying Wang, sustained severe head injuries at Ma'ufanga, during Tropical Cyclone Gita on the night of February 12.
Thursday 22 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ten days after Tropic Cyclone Gita struck Tongatapu and ‘Eua with a Category 4 cyclone on the night of 12 February, life is slowly getting back to normal on the islands. The National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) under the directorship of Leveni ‘Aho with the assistance of civil societies, civil servants and volunteers, is coping with the initial recovery stage from Gita.
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Thursday 22 February 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has given $6 million to Tonga for early recovery activities following the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita last week. Rehabilitation costs for electricity, water and sanitation, schools, and other sectors are likely to be very significant, said Hon Poasi Tei, Acting Minister for Finance and National Planning.
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Thursday 22 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cyclone Gita has hit Tonga with a massive power bill. It will cost an estimated NZ$20 million to fix the cyclone damage to the power grid on Tongatapu and ‘Eua, said Seti Chen, Operations Manager for Tonga Power Ltd today. By Eleanor Gee and Linny Folau.
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Thursday 22 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or drones) have been transported to Tonga with the support of the Australian government, to provide a comprehensive visual assessment of the damage caused by Cyclone Gita, the World Bank reports today. Tonga has also received a payout of more than US$3.5 million from the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company – the first payout made by the insurance platform established in 2016.
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Friday 16 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Meliame Matu, in her 50’s, stands outside her home battered by Tropical Cyclone Gita in Ha’ateiho, doing her laundry. She said they are thankful to be alive after having to run from a collapsing house to a nearby church during the cyclone.
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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.
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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