More depressions expected before April ends

Tropical Cyclone Ana track map as it entered Tongan waters and headed out of our boundaries. Photo: Tonga MET

Nuku’alofa – February 3, 2021: 2.55pm (Enviro News): Tonga should be expecting more tropical depressions before the tropical cyclone season comes to an end in April.

Director Meteorology Ofa Fa’anunu made the comments while updating the National Emergency Management Committee at NEMO Office in Nuku’alofa on Tuesday.

He said one depression is expected to form as early as next week.

At the same time he said Cyclones Ana, Bina and Lucas posed no direct threats to Tonga.

TC Ana went through Fiji in the past five days and left behind a trail of damage across the country.

This was after heavy rain was recoded all over Fiji.

Tongatapu also experienced heavy rain over the last five days, causing schools to close as well as the civil service taking time off early last Friday.

Mr Ofa Fa’anunu, Director of Tonga MET

Mr Fa’anunu told the NEMC that “we are not out of the woods yet” and advised that people should be told to follow weather updates daily and take precautionary measures.

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