Tonga experienced heavy rain since last week due to tropical depression 12F
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 24/05/2019
The people of Tonga have been experiencing heavy rain due to tropical depression 12F in Fiji.
Director of Tonga MET office ‘Ofa Fa’anunu says, it’s very rare for the Pacific islands to experience tropical disturbance after its season started from November to April.
“It’s no longer a depression but a lot of gales and heavy rain hanging around Tongatapu and ‘Eua at the moment. Gale warnings are still in force for Tongatapu and ‘Eua as well as strong wind warnings for Ha’apai. Heavy rain advisories are also in effect but the forecast shows that the wind and rain will start to decrease by tomorrow. We did gather a bit of rain last night from 1am to 7am this morning at the Airport which was good. We started to get some dry weather there for a couple of weeks. But it looks like it should be wrapping up the Tropical Cyclone season. We had an early start to the cyclone season last year. In September, we had our first cyclone for the Pacific and now up to May, we’re still experiencing some tropical depressions. In the last five years, a couple of seasons there, the tropical cyclone season has extended a bit into May which is probably a sign of global warming.”
During the bad weather Fa’anunu urges the public to be more cautious as incidents can occur due to negligence and most importantly to get the latest weather update issued from the MET office.
“It’s important to get the weather forecast before you do any sort of activities especially if you’re trying to do some water activities like fishing or anything to do with the ocean to take precautions and get the weather information first before you plan those activities for safety. I’d still advise the public to listen in to the forecast – it changes every five hours so we’ll know for sure when this weather moves away.”
The Director of Tonga’s MET officer ‘Ofa Fa’anunu.
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