The category four storm has already caused widespread damage in neighbouring Samoa and American Samoa and is due to hit Tonga at night
The island nation of Tonga has declared a state of emergency as it braces for the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Gita, which is bearing down on the island nation after causing widespread damage in neighbouring Samoa and American Samoa.
The Tongan government declared a state of emergency on Monday morning to allow its 100,000 inhabitants to prepare for the category four storm. Gita is expected to intensify into a category five storm in the coming hours, and is heading for Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia later in the week.
Tonga National Emergency committee recommends Acting PM to declare Tonga in State of emergency. Hon Poasi Tei encouraging families to prepare for Cyclone Gita as this is the strongest to hit Tonga
Pics just in of Red Cross teams carrying out assessments & supporting people in evacuation centres following Cyclone Photo credit: Samoa Red Cross