Tropical cyclone alert cancelled for Tonga

    A gale force winds and heavy seas warning for Tonga has been canceled.

    The Fua’amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre said Monday 31 December  that at 5pm a tropical depression was located 1080km west- northwest of Niuafo’ou and moving east-southeast at 16 knots/30kph.

    It was cancelled today by 7pm.

    Met Service said the gale warnings previously in force for Vava’u and the Niuas is now cancelled.

    A strong wind warning is now in force for all of Tonga land areas.

    A strong wind warning and heavy damaging swell warning is in force for all of Tonga coastal waters.

    A heavy rain warning and flash flood advisory remains in force for all of Tonga.

    A tropical depression called 03f was located about 350km northeast of Suva, Fiji or 400km west of Niuafo’ou, 660km west-northwest of Neiafu, 700km northwest of Pangai, 700km northwest of Nuku’alofa at 6:00pm this evening.

    The system continues to move at a speed of 15 knots (28km/hr) in a southeast direction.

    Met said that on its current track the potential for tropical depression 03f to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 12-24hrs is low.

    Meanwhile a trough of low pressure with associated strong winds and heavy rain is approaching the group from the west and is expected to affect the group by tonight and tomorrow.

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