Cyclone could become superstorm
Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita has already created havoc in neighbouring Samoa and is gathering pace as it approaches Tonga.
The Fiji Meteorological Service predicted Gita will become a Category Five storm â€” the top of the scale â€” before reaching Tonga at 7pm Monday night (5pm AEDT).
It is already packing gusts of 275km/h as it sits off the east coast of the country’s most populous island, Tongatapu.
Tonga’s Fua’amotu Weather Forecasting Centre warned residents could expect “very destructive hurricane force winds”.
Severe Tropical Cyclone #Gita in the South Pacific on #Himawari8 imagery pic.twitter.com/F8qrDOuFF5
â€” Stu Ostro (@StuOstro) February 11, 2018
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