#Cyclone #Tino intensifies to category 3, approaching #Tonga with ‘very destructive’ winds up to 160km/h

Tropical Cyclone Tino is now category three, classed as

Tropical Cyclone Tino is now category three, classed as “severe”. Image / Fiji MetService

A “severe” tropical cyclone bearing down on Tonga has intensified to category 3 with “very destructive” winds up to 160km/h.

Two people are reported missing and dozens more forced to seek shelter in evacuation centres after Tropical Cyclone Tino passed over Fiji overnight.

Flooding has been reported in parts of Vanua Levu and Taveuni.

The storm was upgraded to category 2 overnight but since further intensified to category three this morning with mean winds up to 160km/h, described as “very destructive, according to the Fiji Metservice

Tino was still intensifying and moving southeast in the direction of Tonga.

The Fiji Disaster Management Office says it’s pre-positioned some relief supplies that can be used as soon as the cyclone passes over Vanua Levu.

Director Vaisiti Soko told RNZ already more than 100 people are being looked after in evacuation centres across the country.

Courtesy of nzherald.co.nz

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