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Saturday 1 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tropical Cyclone Warning is now in force for Vava‘u, Ha‘apai, Tongatapu and 'Eua as Tropical Depression 15F approaches Tonga and is forecast to become a Category 1- 2 cyclone as it moves through southern Tonga on Saturday and Sunday. On its current track and if the depression continues to intensify, the centre is expected to lie about 290km west-northwest of Nomuka or 265km northwest of Nuku'alofa at 7:00pm this evening. Latest forecast at 9:00am from Fua'amotu TCWC.
Friday 28 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A strong wind warning with a heavy rain advisory is in force for Tonga as a Tropical Depression lies over the Fiji Group. The depression is forecasted to develop into a Category 1 Tropical Cyclone as it moves towards Tonga within the next 48-hours over the weekend.
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Friday 14 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nuku'alofa has been sweltering under the hottest temperatures for the year this week, during the sun's overpass of Tonga's latitudes. Monday, February 10 is so far the hottest day for the year in Nuku'alofa reaching a maximum temperature of 33 celcius, but not as hot as the record 33.4 celcius on exactly the same day in 2009.
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Thursday 16 January 2014
Greenbelt, Md.-USA
NASA's TRMM satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Ian three days in a row and captured rainfall and thunderstorm cloud height data about the deadly storm as it strengthened and weakened. Powerful thunderstorms in Ian's eye wall were found reaching heights of about 15 km/9.3 miles. TRMM's data was used to create a 3-D flyby animation of Ian's well defined eye on January 11, 2014 at 0833 UTC [9:30pm Tonga local time].
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Saturday 11 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
No deaths, injuries, missing persons or missing vessels were reported in Tonga by this afternoon as Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian, now category 4, with its centre packing punches from 194-268km/hr gusts, weaved its way between the Vava‘u and Ha‘apai groups today, passing close to the exposed small outlying island communities of Mo‘unga‘one and Muitoa, whose fate remains unknown. However, the powerful cyclone that intensified to category 5 last night has surprised storm-watchers by letting Vava‘u off lightly without the expected destruction.
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Saturday 11 January 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A state of emergency for Vava‘u and Ha‘apai was declared at 8:00am today as Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian strengthened to Category 5, battering the groups with damaging gales and heavy rains overnight and today, with powerful intermittent gusts that were forecast to increase to 110 knots (203km per hour) with momentary gusts to 155 knots (287km). However the 9:30am advisory from Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone warning Centre has downgraded Ian to Category 4 with gusts up to 135 knots.
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Saturday 11 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian is closing in on Vava‘u tonight with huge gusts and heavy rain sweeping the group, and much worse to come, with “phenomenal seas” and very destructive 90-125 knots gusts predicted before dawn. At midnight, Vava‘u residents said the gusts were getting much stronger. In its 12:30am advisory for Saturday January 11, Fua‘amotu TCWC stated that the Category 4 cyclone was located about 125km northwest of Hunga (VV) and 125km northwest of Longomapu (VV) or about 210km north-northwest of Lifuka at 10:00pm and moving southeast at 5 knots.
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Friday 10 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian heading towards Vava‘u and Ha‘apai, has islanders hunkering down and expecting a battering from the Category 4 storm that is forecast to bring destructive winds over central Tonga overnight, with gusts of 80 to 115 knots at times.
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Thursday 9 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A crowd of around 200 New Year's visitors remain onshore at Tonga’s remote Niuatoputapu Island today, as Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian is expected to track across the ferry route between Niuatoputapu and southern Tonga, intensifying into a Category 4 storm over the next two days.
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Thursday 9 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Upgraded to Category 3, Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian is intensifying and currently threatens Tonga's northern Niuafo‘ou Island where damaging gale force winds are expected this afternoon and evening. The Fua‘amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre (TCWC) at 1:15pm also issued a gale warning for Vavau, and a strong wind warning for Niuatoputapu.
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Wednesday 8 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Now upgraded to Category 2 storm in Tonga, Tropical Cyclone Ian is moving towards Tonga’s northernmost island, Niuafo‘ou. On its current track, TC Ian may bring damaging gale force winds to Niuafo‘ou in the next 12 to 24 hours, and is expected to turn and move to the southeast over Tonga during the next three days.
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Monday 6 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
UPDATE: A tropical cyclone alert and strong wind warning remains in force for Vava‘u and Ha‘apai as a tropical depression strengthened into Tropical Cyclone Ian Category 1, located halfway between Vava‘u, Tonga, and Lifuka, Fiji, this morning. Tonga's Fua’amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre issued a third Tropical Cyclone Advisory at 4:30pm today, January 6, 2014 as Cyclone Ian slowly moves closer to Tonga.
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Wednesday 6 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A gale warning is in force for all land areas of Tonga bringing heavy rain to the capital today. The bad weather is expected to continue tomorrow with increasing strong winds that can be damaging.
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Monday 4 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heavy rainfall that lashed Nuku'alofa throughout the day caused widespread flooding in the capital Nuku'alofa, forcing schools and some businesses to close.
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Wednesday 20 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has been lucky, and has so far enjoyed a largely uneventful 2012-13 South Pacific Cyclone Season, although there were cyclone alerts and gale warnings during January.
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Tuesday 15 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tropical Cyclone Alert that was previously in force for Vava'u and Ha'apai is now cancelled, but a strong wind warning is in force for the rest of Tonga.
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Monday 14 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tropical cyclone may develop in the next 30 to 36 hours, effecting the Niuas, Vava’u and Ha’apai.
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Sunday 23 December 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The outlook for Christmas day is cloudy intervals and brief showers in Tonga, forecasted by the National Weather Forecast Centre at Fua’amotu.
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Monday 17 December 2012
Fua'amotu, Tonga
A strong wind warning remains in force for Vava'u, Ha'apai and Tongatapu coastal waters this morning, 17 December, as Severe Tropical Cyclone Evan (cat. 4) located near Fiji moves to the southwest.
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Saturday 15 December 2012
Fua'amotu, Tonga
A tropical cyclone gale warning remains in force for Niuafo'ou, as Severe Tropical Cyclone Evan moves north of the Niuas tonight, on southwest track toward the Fiji Islands. Tropical Cyclone Advisory Number 10 for Tonga, issued from Fua'amotu, 10:00pm, 15 December 2012.
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