Tropical cyclone Rene has developed in the South Pacific and is located over the island Tongatapu, Tonga, as of 6:00 UTC today. It is forecast to move south-west at 19 kilometres per hour. It is currently equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane and is expected to remain at this intensity during the next 12 hours, and then weaken slowly within 48 hours. Rene could severely damage the islands of Tonga. The sea state in the surrounding area will be extremely rough at least in the next 48 hours. Ships passing by these areas are advised to take urgent measures to avoid risks.
Further information is available at:
National Meteorological Service of the countries concerned
WMO RSMC Nadi-Tropical Cyclone Centre
WMO Severe Weather Information Centre
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