Mon, Jan 13, 2014 - Page 5 News List

One dead after cyclone batters Tonga

WIPEOUT:The Ha’apai governor could see from one end of the island to the other after the devastation wreaked by the cyclone, the strongest in the nation’s history

AFP, NUKU’ALOFA

“Further support will be considered as the full extent of the damage becomes clear and the government of Tonga determines its priority response areas,” McCully added.

The Fua’amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre downgraded Ian again to category four yesterday, with wind gusts of up to 140 knots (259 kph).

The storm was expected to continue weakening as it moved south over open waters, away from the island nation, meteorologists said.

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