Mona on way out
Cyclone poses no direct threat to Tonga
NUKU’ALOFA – January 7, 2019: 9.27am (Nuku’alofa Times): Cyclone Mona, which changed directions almost at will in the last week on its way to Fiji, poses no real threat to Tonga on its current track.
The Fua’amotu Cyclone monitoring centre confirmed this in their latest update this morning.
The cyclone is currently causing flooding in the Northern Division of Fiji and is blowing through the northern tip of Vanua Levu.
It is set to go through parts of Lau and come past the Northern island groups of Tonga before directing towards New Caledonia.
It was upgraded to Category 1 last week and then to Category 2 but later downgraded again on Sunday to Category 1.
But Tonga is advised to keep safe with strong winds and heavy rain in some of the islands.
Flooding is possible in low lying areas.
Meanwhile, full civil service operations resumed today in Nuku’alofa.
Government offices opened for the year last Thursday (January 3) but closed at 4pm to cater for the week-long Prayer Week.
Offices will close at 4.30pm as normal from today.
Schools are also expected to open for registration from this week with some schools starting off the 2019 academic year next week.
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