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 'Eua and nearby islands is now cancellled but remains in force for the waters south of Tongatapu and 'Eua.

A strong wind warning remains in force for the Niuas and Vava'u and is now inforce for Haapai, Tongatapu and 'Eua.

It says:

A heavy rain advisory remains in force for all of tonga land areas.

An extreme high tide advisory remains in force for all tonga waters.

A heavy damaging swells advisory remains in force for all tonga waters.

Tropical cyclone kofi centre was located near 22 decimal 8 south 175 decimal 0 west 0r 185km south of Nukualofa or 160km south of 'eua at 11am this morning. the cyclone is moving south-southeast at 12kts and away from the group.

On its current track the centre of tropical cyclone kofi is expected to lie about 300km south-southeast of Nukualofa at 7pm this evening.

Damaging gale force winds may affect Ha'apai,Tongatapu, 'Eua and nearby smaller islands from this morning until latter today.

For Ha'apai, Tongatapu, 'Eua and nearby smaller islands:

Northwest winds 20-30 knots with momentary gust up to 35 knots.

Overcast with occassional rain, heavy at times with squally thunderstorms.

Flash flooding including sea flooding in the low lying areas.

High seas with damaging north swells.

For niuas and vava'u:

North to northwest winds 20-25 knots rising up to 30 knots at times.

Overcast with period of rain, heavy at times with squally thunderstorms.

Rough to very rough seas.heavy damaging north to northwest swell with flooding of low lying areas.

For waters south of Tongatapu and Eua. Expect mean 10minute-average winds of 45 knots near the centre of tc Kofi with momentary gust of 64 knots. high seas and heavy damaging swells.

Tide predictions:

low   tide :    02:10pm

high  tide :    08:25pm (extreme high tide)

Mean sea level pressure recorded at fua'amotu airport at 12:30pm was 995.9mb

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