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06 Feb 2019 | 03:55 PM UTC

Tonga: Cyclone advisory issued for Niuas division February 6

Tonga News Alert

Authorities issue cyclone advisory for Niuas division due to gale force winds, rain February 6; associated transportation disruptions expected in the coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/6/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/10/2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Tongatapu). COUNTRY/REGION Tonga

Event

The Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre issued a tropical cyclone advisory for the Niuas division on Wednesday, February 6, due to the forecast passage of Tropical Disturbance 06F. Weather authorities indicate the storm is forecast to bring strong gale force winds, heavy rain, and high surf to Niuas coasts at least through Friday afternoon (local time), February 8. Associated transportation disruptions (e.g. flight delays and cancelations) and power outages are possible in the coming hours and days as Tropical Disturbance 06F passes Tonga. 

Context

Cyclone season in the region typically lasts from November to April but storms can occur outside this period.

Advice

Individuals present in Tonga are advised to monitor local weather reports, seek high ground (where available), and follow all instructions as issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders). Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.

 

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