Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 02w (Sanba), located approximately 374 nm southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 11 knots.
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 09p (Gita), located approximately 211 nm southeast of Suva, Fiji, is tracking westward at 10 knots.
Tonga – Tonga’s neighbours scrambled to deliver emergency relief on Tuesday after Cyclone Gita tore across the Pacific island nation in the middle of the night, flattening the parliament, tearing roofs off homes and causing widespread flooding. There were no confirmed reports of deaths from the Category 4 storm, but there were a lot of injured people. About 5,700 people sought shelter in evacuation centres overnight, and it is expected these numbers will increase substantially tonight. The cyclone was heading towards Fiji’s southern islands on Tuesday, with some forecasts reporting it intensifying towards a Category 5 storm.