Tropical cyclone

Tropical cyclone Kofi is now cancelled

Tropical cyclone Kofi is now cancelled

The tropical cyclone warning is now cancelled for the land areas of Tongatapu, 'Eua and Haapai but remains inforce for the water south of Tongatapu and 'Eua, Tonga Met Service says. At its advisory number 13 at 12.30pm on Sunday 2 Met says, the gale warning previously inforce for the land areas of Haapai,Tongatapu and […]

Tropical Cyclone Kofi heading to Tonga

Tropical Cyclone Kofi heading to Tonga

Tonga is bracing for another tropical cyclone after the Fua’amotu Cyclone Warning Centre issued its tropical cyclone advisory number six  at 3:00pm 1 Saturday March. Cyclone Kofi’s centre is expected to lie about 205km west-southwest  of Nomuka or 140km west of Nukualofa about midnight tonight, the Centre says. The tropical cyclone remains in force for […]

Tropical cyclone warning for Tonga

Tropical cyclone warning for Tonga

An intensifying tropical depression is moving south-southeast at 10 knots of Tonga and could possibly become a tropical cyclone in the next six hours, the Tonga- Fua'amotu tropical cyclone warning centre says at 12:00pm Saturday 01 March 2014.  If the depression continues to intensify, the centre is expected to lie about 290km west-northwest of Nomuka or […]

Comment: Stop grovelling to the Chinese government

Comment: Stop grovelling to the Chinese government

Comment: The Tongan government must stop grovelling to the Chinese government. Last week the Tongan government made a big fuss about China’s donation to Tonga in the wake of Cyclone Ian. The Chinese government donated TP$10,000, the equivalent of $NZ6522. The New Zealand government gave Tonga $NZ500,000, but did not rate the extravagant praise heaped […]

In pictures: Cyclone Ian aftermath

In pictures: Cyclone Ian aftermath

[lastupdated] Tonga's Digicel mobile communication provider has announced this morning  its telecommunication services to Ha’apai have been restored after links were cut by the massive destruction caused by Cyclone Ian. Sione Taumoefolau, Tonga Red Cross Secretary General told Radio & Television Tonga this morning about 4000 out of the 6000 residents of Ha'apai were affected. […]

Deadly Cyclone Ian kills one woman

Deadly Cyclone Ian kills one woman

Last updated: January 12, 2014 at 23:40 pm Cyclone Ian, the most powerful that whipped across Tonga in decades claimed an elderly woman's life which police  said she was Kalolaine Paongo of Pangai in Lifuka, Ha'apai. The woman's funeral service was held today but  authorities did not give further details of the deceased. Cyclone Ian […]