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Cyclone Gita hits Tonga

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TONGA (WWSB) -  A devastating tropical cyclone slammed into Tonga Monday night with winds resembling a category 4 hurricane.

Cyclone Gita is the most powerful cyclone to hit the island on record, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Countless homes have been destroyed and widespread flooding and power outages are being reported. 

Tonga is made up of 171 islands, 45 of which are inhabited.