Vava‘u braces as severe cyclone advances

Tropical Cyclone Ian, with  estimated winds of 110knots near its centre  with momentary gusts up to 155knots is predicted to make landfall in the southwest of Hunga at around 10am today.

Tonga Met Services on its latest advisory at 6:am this morning says on its current track, Tropical Cyclone Ian which has intensified over the past 6hrs to category 5 may bring:

Damaging gale to destructive storm force winds up to hurricane force winds from now until 3-6hrs later.

For the Ha'apai group Tropical Cyclone Ian may bring destructive storm force winds in the next 3-6hr and very destructive hurricance force winds in the next 6-12hr.

For Tongatapu and ’Eua the cyclone may bring damaging gale force winds in the next 12-18hrs.

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