Tropical cyclone Gita hit Tonga overnight, destroying a church and homes and sending roofs flying.
Fiji’s Meteorological Service said Gita’s central pressure overnight was stronger than Hurricane Harvey when it made landfall along the Texas coast in the US late August 2017.
- Gita is expected to strengthen as it heads towards southern Fiji, which it should pass over later today.
- Winds were expected to be gusting up to 295km/h by midday
- The Fiji Met Service said Gita was heading northwest towards the Lau group. It was expected to be about 50km south of Ono-i-lau at 2pm and expected to make landfall at 6pm
- The five villages on Ono-i-Lau were preparing for the worst