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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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Saturday 15 December 2012
Fua'amotu, Tonga
A tropical cyclone alert remains in force for Niuafo'ou. Tropical Cyclone Advisory Number 8 for Tonga on severe Tropical Cyclone Evan issued from Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Center at 12:45pm 15 December 2012.
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Thursday 13 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Low lying areas in Nuku'alofa experienced flooding this morning as one third of this month's average rainfall was dumped in less than 24 hours, and brought a dramatic drop in temperature.
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Tuesday 3 April 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fine weather is forecast for the whole of Tonga during the Easter weekend, and the depression that brought the humidity and rain to Tonga since March 2 is expected to clear up by Thursday, April 5, according to the National Weather Forecast Centre at Fua'amotu,
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Tuesday 7 February 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The tropical cyclone warning previously in force for Vava'u and Ha'apai is now cancelled by the Tonga Meteorology Service, in a last special weather bulletin for today.
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Tuesday 7 February 2012
Nadi, Fiji
Tropical Cyclone Cyril, category 1 centre [987hpa] was located about 15 miles southwest of Vava'u or about 150 miles north-northeast of Nuku'alofa at 6:00 am this morning, 7 February 2012. Cyril is moving east-southeast at 18 knots, a Special Weather Bulletin from the RSMC - Nadi Tropical Cyclone Centre warns.
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