Travel alerts have been issued for Tonga and Fiji as a powerful cyclone approaches the Pacific island nations.

A tropical cyclone warning is in force for all of Tonga.

Tropical Cyclone Tino is forecast to pass close to Tonga’s main island of Tongatapu on January 18 to 19.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in unpdated travel advice: “You should follow local media and weather forecasts for the latest information and follow the advice and direction of local authorities.”

Tropical Cyclone Tino is approaching is also forecast to pass the northern, central and eastern regions of Fiji today and tomorrow.

The FCO said: “You should follow the advice and direction of local authorities and monitor local media.

“Weather updates are available on the Fiji Meteorological website.”

The FCO added: “Cyclone season is normally between November and April but cyclones can occur throughout the year.

“Severe weather may result in flooding, landslides, and disruption to essential services and infrastructure.”