14 Feb 2006

Cyclone Vaianu bringing winds up to 150kmh to south Tonga

9:34 am on 14 February 2006

Cyclone Vaianu strengthened overnight - it's still moving steadily and slowly south over open waters in southern Tonga, with winds of up to 150 kilometres an hour.

It's predicted to bring damaging winds to all islands in the area, but it's expected to swerve south east around the western side of Tongatapu, which is home to the capital, Nuku'alofa.

Seas close to the eye are phenomenal and flooding, including sea-flooding of low-lying coastal areas, is expected.