6 Jan 2004

Niue and Tonga are bracing themselves for the approaching cyclonel

7:31 am on 6 January 2004

Cyclone Heta is continuing towards the northern islands of Tonga, which have already been experiencing gales.

Destructive strom force winds are still being predicted and there are warnings of possible sea flooding

The residents of Niue are also being warned that they could bear the full brunt of the storm, which is still intensifying.

Heta is expected to hit Niue later today