Tropical cyclone heads toward Tonga

Last updated 12:13 06/01/2014

Relevant offers

South Pacific

Tonga declares Zika outbreak Sharks thriving in a volcano crater baffle scientists 'These children are among the most traumatised we have ever seen' Boy 'to be sent back to island where alleged rapist is' Asylum seekers: High Court finds Australia's offshore detention lawful World Health Organisation announced international health emergency amid fears of spreading zika virus Devastating Apia fire destroys up to $1.2m in goods Massive blaze destroys flea market in Samoan capital Apia Warning for Cook Islands as Cyclone Victor approaches New Zealand refugee settlement given to Syria because Australia hasn't taken up offer

The summer season's first South Pacific cyclone, a tropical cyclone named "Ian", is heading toward Tonga.

The Nadi Tropical Cyclone Centre in Fiji says Ian has formed north of Tonga but is heading south towards the island groups of Ha'apai and Vavau.

They warn of gales across Tonga, which has a population of about 106,000.

The 2013-14 South Pacific cyclone season has been slow to get started and it is the first time there have been no cyclones between July and December.

In the 2012-13 season there were 24 cyclones, including Evan which killed 14 people in Samoa.

Evan was unusual for the length of time it remained strong enough to be damaging, also hitting Wallis and Futuna Islands, Fiji and Tonga, with its remnants reaching northern New Zealand.

There have been an average of 27 cyclones a year between 1981 and 2012.

Ad Feedback

- World

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content