Tropical depression moving away from Tonga

    A tropical depression which travelled at a speed of 15 knots or 28 kilometres per hours with maximum momentary wind of 40 knots or 74 kilomtres per hour continues to travel away from Tonga.

    The Fua’amotu tropical cyclone warning centre said this morning at 6am a gale warning remains in force for the Niuas and Vava’u.

    But it is now cancelled for Ha’apai, Tongatapu, ‘Eua, Tele-Ki-Tonga and Tele-Ki-Tokelau land areas and coastal waters.

    A heavy rain and flash flood advisory remains in force for the Niuas and Vava’u but is now canceled for Ha’apai, Tongatapu and ‘Eua.

    A heavy damaging swell warning remains in force for all of Tonga coastal waters.

    The tropical depression td10f was located near west of Niuafo’ou, it said.

    It is now moving south southwest at the speed of 15 knots (28km/hr).

    The potential for this system to develop into a tropical cyclone is low in the next 24 hours.

    On its current track, td10f is expected to lie at about 360 kilometres southwest of Niuafo’ou or 460 kilometres west northwest of Vava’u at 10am this morning.

    It will continue to move south-south-west away from the groups.  

    Associated clouds, heavy rain and strong to gale force winds may affect the Niuas and Vava’u.

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