Tonga grateful, Zena hit but largely unscathed

Cyclone Zena was over Tonga this afternoon but has left the kingdom mostly unscathed.

There were reports of minor damages during the morning hours in Nukuʻalofa including an accident on Vuna Road after a street lamp fell and hit a Tonga Water Board vehicle.

Fuʻamotu Met Services said at 2.45pm today Thursday 7 Tropical Cyclone Zena was downgrated to Category One when it hit Tonga at 1pm.

It said it was located about 95km west-southwest of Nuku’alofa or 110km west of ‘Eua at 1pm.

On its current track, the cyclone is expected to lie about 145km southeast of Nuku’alofa at about 7:00pm this evening.

Met said the storm warning previously in force for ‘Eua, Tongatapu and Ha’apai is now cancelled.

The gale warning previously in force for Vava’u is now cancelled.

The heavy rain warning previoulsy in force for Tongatapu,’Eua, Ga’apai and Vavauis now cancelled. the flash flood warning previously inforce for tongatapu,’Eua, Ha’apai and  Vava’u is now cancelled.

A strong wind warning is now in force for ‘Eua, Tongatapu, Ha’apai and Vava’u and is now cancelled for Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou.

A heavy damaging swells remains inforce for Tongatapu,’Eua, Ha’apai and Vava’u coastal waters.

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