14 Jan 2006

Cyclone Urmil erupts in northern Tonga just 48 hours after last one in same area

2:33 pm on 14 January 2006

Forecasters are issuing warnings for Cyclone Urmil which has taken shape in northern Tonga.

Urmil is north west of Niuatoputapu and north of Vava'u moving south east at 18 kilometres an hour.

Winds are expected to reach close to 65 kilometres per hour in the next 12 to 24 hours.

A tropical cyclone alert has been issued for Niue.