Tonga declared a state of emergency today and imposed a curfew in the capital Nuku'alofa, as the Pacific island kingdom braced for a direct hit from a Severe Tropical Cyclone named Gita.

The cyclone has already created havoc in neighbouring Samoa and is threatening to become a Category Five superstorm as it approaches Tonga. It is already packing gusts of 275 km per hour, as it sits off the east coast of the country's most populous island Tongatapu. Tonga's Weather Forecasting Centre warned residents, could expect "very destructive hurricane-force winds". Gita slammed into Samoa overnight on Friday, forcing the evacuation of some 200 people and causing widespread flooding, leaving many without power.

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