Tropical Cyclone Gita, with estimated winds of 145mph, slammed Tonga on Monday, February 12, with the force of a Category 4 hurricane. Dozens of homes and the countries Parliament house were destroyed, The Weather Channel reported.
Tongan authorities declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm.
This satellite footage shows the storm’s progress from Sunday evening until Monday evening. Credit: Japan Meteorological Agency/CIRA/RAMMB via Storyful