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A house in Fiji destroyed by Cyclone Harold
A house destroyed by Cyclone Harold that swept though Fiji's southwestern corner on Wednesday with lashing winds as high as 120 mph, with the southern island of Kadavu forecast to endure a direct hit. In the meantime, Tonga's Met Service issued a heavy rain warning and flash flood advisory for the...
Path of TC Harold
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga residents are being told to hunker down and prepare for the arrival of Cyclone Harold Thursday morning (Tonga time). Tonga's Met Service issued out a heavy rain warning and flash flood advisory for the country. Storm force wind warnings were in place for Tongatapu and 'Eua...
Foreign Minister Winston Peters
Auckland, NEW ZEALDN — Four people are in isolation in Fiji and are being tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus. The Ministry of Health said it had widened its case definition for suspected cases to include anyone with respiratory symptoms who had recently been to a country where the virus had been...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In another revised travel advisory dated Feb. 5th, the Health Department made adjustments to travel requirements for US passport holders and American Samoa residents “transiting” through Tonga to the territory, while today’s MV Lady Naomi sail was suspended due to...
Talofa Airways plane
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Following a meeting with Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga over the weekend, the Health Department has added new restrictions for travelers entering American Samoa, especially those from Tonga on Talofa Airways’ two weekly flights - and travelers are now required to route...
Package of Methamphetamine
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Police in Tonga have arrested four people on drugs charges and seized over 40 packs or 20 grammes of methamphetamine as well as cannabis. Over the weekend, two 50-year-old men, a 58-year-old man, and a 21-year-old woman were arrested and all remain in custody, having been...
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Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A New Zealand-based Tongan lawyer, Nalesoni Tupou, is questioning China's claim it could speak for or represent Tonga at the United Nations (UN). That comes after Tonga lost its right to vote because of outstanding fees. Those fees have since been repaid with Tonga's chief...
Flooding in Ha'apai group in Tonga from Cyclone Tino
Ha'apai group, TONGA — Top officials from Tonga's Ha'apai group say infrastructure is in urgent need of repair in the islands after Cyclone Tino swept past overnight. The storm brought winds of up to 180 km/hr and torrential rain but it had weakened and moved out of the area and cyclone warnings...
Pictured, debris swept in by the lagoon on Tuvalu's main island, Funafuti.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's main island of Tongatapu has been spared the full force of Tropical Cyclone Tino. The storm was expected to pass directly over Tongatapu overnight with the capital, Nuku'alofa on track to take a direct hit, instead the cyclone just passed to the North of Tongatapu...
Nadi, FIJI — People on Tonga's main islands are being told to stay home and secure their properties, as Cyclone Tino moves closer to the country. The storm was upgraded to a category three on Saturday morning as it continued to intensify in the waters near Fiji's Lau group, with sustained winds...

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