Tropical Cyclone Gita hit Tonga hard Monday night and into the morning, bringing down power lines, destroying buildings and crops, and causing injuries across the kingdom. The winds were stronger than predicted, at 144 mph, and ripped the roof off of the Tonga meteorological office, taking the national broadcaster off the air. There are 176 islands in the Kingdom of Tonga, with only 40 inhabited, and officials fear the damage could be even worse in the more isolated islands, where information is slow to come out. Gita was the worst cyclone to pass so close to Tonga's main islands in six decades, and is expected to hit Fiji's Lau Islands by midday Tuesday.
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