Concerns: Image of Tongan youth swimming at high seas brought by Cyclone Winston

Members of the public were concerned after an image posted on Facebook shows Tongan youths swimming at high seas brought by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The photo was posted by a local who said the activity was spotted at a pier in Nuku’alofa waterfront.

Tonga’s MetServices report at 7.10am this morning said Tropical Cyclone Winston Category 2 was located 290km west of Nuku’alofa at 4:00am.

The cyclone is moving Northeast on its current track,

The cyclone is expected to lie 260km Northwest of Nuku’alofa or 150km West-Northwest of Kao at about 1:00pm

This afternoon near its centre, the cyclone is estimated to have an average winds speed of 95km/hr(50kts)  with momentary gust of 130km/hr(70kts).

Seini Kauvaka who posted the photo to Facebook was concerned for the safety of swimmers.

“What’s wrong with our people? Cyclone warning category 2 cyclone Winston and people are at the wharf hoooooooooooooooi”, Kauvaka asked of those swimmers.

Only in tonga Cyclone warning catergory 2 cyclone Winston And the wharf is packed Tulihopo kiai

Posted by Selu Kauvaka on Monday, February 15, 2016

The photo prompted a raft of comments from concerned Tongans who said there was also a possibility for a tsunami after the 5.7 magnitude quake rattled the kingdom this morning. There was no officla tsunami alert after the earthquake.

“What happened if a tsunami hit right now, hooooi,” a woman wrote.

“Manie pe koe oo atu o tulihopo he hako naa mole ha moui masii koe atamai ia ene kovi” , another woman wrote saying these people swimming in high seas are dump as they are at risk of losing their lives.

Met Service said a storm warning is now inforce for Vavau.

A gale warning remains in force for Haapai, Tongatapu and ‘Eua and  is now in force for the two Niuas.

A heavy damaging swells remain inforce for all Tonga coastal waters.

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