Cyclone Tino forms as it approaches Fiji and Tonga
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Fiji Meteorological Service

Cyclone Tino was proclaimed at 3 am Fiji time and was expected to pass close to Fiji’s Vanua Levu and Tonga’s Tongatapu.

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This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and has been republished with permission.

People in Fiji and Tonga are encouraged to prepare while Cyclone Tino is on its way to a large island.

The storm was declared a category 1 cyclone around 3 hours of Fiji, when it was approximately 35 km south of the remote island of Rotuma.

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A satellite image of Rotuma.

Heavy rain, strong winds and coastal warnings were in effect for much of Fiji, with the prediction that the cyclone would pass through Vanua Levu’s second island this afternoon.

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It was expected to pass close to the city of Labasa, which has around 30,000 inhabitants.

Cyclone Tino was also expected to intensify further, and he was expected to pass tomorrow as category two close to Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa.

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and has been republished with permission.

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