Cyclone warning for Tonga cancelled

A tropical cyclone warning, which was issued for Vava’u and Ha’apai islands in Tonga, has now been cancelled.

The immediate threat of a cyclone warning has passed but a strong wind warning will continue to be monitored, the Tonga Meteorological Services said.

A strong wind warning remains in force for Ha'apai and Vava'u and now in force for the Niuas.

The heavy rain advisory remain in force for waters west of Vava'u and the Niuas.

The tropical cyclone Ian is currently moving west at about 4kt away from Tonga after it was located near 18 decimal 6 south 176 decimal 1 west or about 220km west of Vava'u at 10pm tonight.

Tropical cyclone Ian has estimated winds of 40kt near its centre with momentary gusts of up to 55kt.

Forecast to midnight tonight for Tonga

For Vava'u, Ha'apai and the Niuas:

Light to moderate to northwest to northeast winds fresh at times. Cloudy with occasional showers heavy at times.

For the rest of Tonga:

Light to moderate east winds becoming fresh north to northeast winds.

Cloudy periods with occasional showers.

Outlook for Wednesday

For vava'u, Ha'apai and the Niuas:

Light to moderate to northwest to northeast winds fresh at times. Cloudy with occasional showers heavy at times.

For the rest of Tonga:

Light to moderate to north to northeast winds gusty at times. Cloudy periods with a few showers.

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