15 Dec 2009

Cyclone alert in Tonga

11:03 am on 15 December 2009

A tropical cyclone alert is in force for several island groups in Tonga.

The Meteorological Service in Fiji says Cyclone Mick was located about 500km west-northwest of Nuku'alofa at 5am on Tuesday.

It is currently moving southeast at 10 knots.

On this track, the cyclone may bring damaging gale force winds over the Ha'apai, Tongatapu and Eua groups in the next 24 - 36 hours.