Power has been restored to Neiafu, but outages remain in some areas after strong winds hit the groups this morning.

Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni said on Facebook the power had “been turned off as trees are falling on lines and also precautionary measures (especially) about safety”.

Our correspondence in Vavaʻu said breadfruit trees had been toppled and badly affected.

She said the winds appeared to be eased off this afternoon.

Met Service said this afternoon at 1pm a strong wind warning remains in force for  Vava’u and the Niuas land areas but was cancelled for the rest of Tonga land areas.

It said a heavy rain warning remains in force  for Vavau and the Niuas.

A flash flood warning remains in force for Niuas and Vavaʻu.

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