Tropical cyclone Victor slowly intensified as it was moving towards Tongatapu and ‘Eua, the Fuʻamotu Met Services said at its tropical cyclone alert number two this morning at 12:15am January 21.
It has South to Southeast winds of 45 kilometre per hour to 55 kilometre per hour in which it will increase to 65 kilometre per hour and gradually increased to damaging gale force winds in the next 36 to 48 hours.
On its current track, the Category Three cyclone is expected to lie about 575 kilometre East of ʻEua about 1pm this afternoon.
Met said a tropical cyclone alert remains in force for Tongatapu and ʻEua.
It said a strong wind warning remains in force for Tongatapu, ʻEua, Vavau and Haʻapai.
Heavy damaging swells remain in force for all Tonga waters.
Tropical Cyclone Victor lies about 21 decimal 7 south, 169 decimal 1 west or approximately 605km east of ʻEua about 10pm this evening and is moving west-southwest at a speed of 9 kilometre per hour.
Near its centre, the cyclone is estimated to have an average winds speed of 120 kilometre per hour with momentary gust of 170 kilometre per hour.
Cloudy periods with isolated showers becoming more frequent from tomorrow
night.rough to very rough seas with east to southeast damaging swells.
For Vava’u and Ha’apai:
South to Southwest winds 45 kilometre per hour to 55 kilometre per hour, increasing to 65 kilometre per hour. Gradually increasing to damaging gale force winds in the next 36 to 48 hours. Cloudy periods with possible isolated showers.
Moderate to rough seas becoming very rough tomorrow.
A heavy damaging East to Southeast swell.
For the Niuas:
South to Southwest winds 35km/hr-40km/hr.
Cloudy periods with possible isolated showers.
Moderate seas with heavy damaging east to Southeast swells
High tide : 05:00am
Low tide : 11:00am