·

Ha’apai in urgent need of repair after passage of Category 3 Tropical Cyclone “Tino” – Tonga

ha-apai-in-urgent-need-of-repair-after-passage-of-category-3-tropical-cyclone-tino-tonga

The center of Severe Tropical Cyclone "Tino" passed over Tonga on January 18, 2020, as a Category 3 cyclone. Luckily, it only grazed the capital Nuku'alofa, previously expected to suffer a direct hit.

Tino's eye passed between the Ha'apai Group and Tongatapu Group, grounding international and domestic flights 

Torrential rain and destructive winds, with estimated gusts up to 180 km/h (120 mph) hit northern Tongan groups of Vava'u and Ha'apai.

According to the Government of Tonga, there had been no reported casualties or deaths but many areas in Ha'apai remained without power and are now in urgent need of repair.

The agriculture sector faces the most damage again, government officials said.

Tropical Cyclone "Tino" at 07:30 UTC on January 18, 2020. Credit: NOAA/GOES-West, RAMMB/CIRA

Nuku'alofa and Tongatapu, home to most of the Tongan population, along with nearby 'Eua, are still recovering from extensive damage caused by Cyclone Gita only two years ago. Today's near-miss was a relief for NEMO, the Matangitonga reports.

Exceptional sea levels were reported and authorities believe severe storm surge damage at Nomuka, located between Ha'apai and Tongatapu — and the closest to Tino's center.

"This was perhaps the second biggest swell on this North West side of Tongatapu in the past 25 years," wave watcher Shane Egan at Blue Banana Beach House, told Matangitonga. "There was so much debris in the water to avoid – all our step logs, coconuts, coconut trees, branches, fence posts with nails and large coral boulders. Everyone appeared to survive the day pretty much unscathed with no serious wounds," he said.

In Fiji, the first country to feel the effects of Tino, disruption to services is by now limited to a few re-scheduled flights, some power and water supplies interruption and roads blockage.

22 Evacuation Centres remain activated in the Eastern Division and total evacuees now stand at 279. Restoration of water and power supply and road access continues, DG ECHO reports.

Featured image: Tropical Cyclone "Tino" at 07:30 UTC on January 18, 2020. Credit: NOAA/GOES-West, RAMMB/CIRA

If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.

Share:

Related articles



Your support makes a difference

Dear valued reader,

We hope that our website has been a valuable resource for you.

The reality is that it takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to maintain and grow this website. We rely on the support of readers like you to keep providing high-quality content.

If you have found our website to be helpful, please consider making a contribution to help us continue to bring you the information you need. Your support means the world to us and helps us to keep doing what we love.

Support us by choosing your support level – Silver, Gold or Platinum. Other support options include Patreon pledges and sending us a one-off payment using PayPal.

Thank you for your consideration. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Teo Blašković

$5 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Clean user interface and fast browsing
  • Direct communication with us via chat and email
  • Suggest new features, content and applications
  • Early access to new apps and features

$50 /year

$10 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Clean user interface and fast browsing
  • Direct communication with us via chat and email
  • Suggest new features, content and applications
  • Early access to new apps and features

$100 /year

$25 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Clean user interface and fast browsing
  • Direct communication with us via chat and email
  • Suggest new features, content and applications
  • Early access to new apps and features

$200 /year

You can also support us on Patreon

support us on patreon

or by sending us a one-off payment using PayPal:


Commenting rules and guidelines

We value the thoughts and opinions of our readers and welcome healthy discussions on our website. In order to maintain a respectful and positive community, we ask that all commenters follow these rules:

  • Treat others with kindness and respect.
  • Stay on topic and contribute to the conversation in a meaningful way.
  • Do not use abusive or hateful language.
  • Do not spam or promote unrelated products or services.
  • Do not post any personal information or content that is illegal, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate.

We reserve the right to remove any comments that violate these rules. By commenting on our website, you agree to abide by these guidelines. Thank you for helping to create a positive and welcoming environment for all.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *