Cyclone Ian is due to hit the northern island groups of Vava’u and Ha’apai tomorrow morning. He seems a bit erratic (like most men?) and keeps changing directions. We do appreciate the lovely messages from everyone… So far so good.
People in Tonga’s Vava’u islands have begun boarding up windows in preparation for Cyclone Ian.
Kjelll Stayv owns a small hotel in Vava’u and told Pacific Beat there is an eerie feeling in the air.
“The sky is milky and grey so there is definitely something coming,” he said.
He says preparations for the cyclone are underway.
“On our island and the small outer islands here, there are between 10,000 to 12,000 people,” he said.
“And right now there are now many tourists, maybe 100.
“It is a little weird because we have to board up their windows, but they don’t have much choice I’m afraid.”