Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Gita expected to hit Tonga

(Worthy News) – Officials in Tonga declared a state of emergency Sunday as a potential Category 5 cyclone makes its way toward the South Pacific island nation.

Tropical Cyclone Gita is expected to make landfall between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. Wind speeds are expected to lash the island at 124 to 142 miles per hour with torrential rains and waves up to 30 feet high, according to Weather Watch.

“We’re talking about Category 5, the strongest category for a cyclone,” said Ofa Fa’anunu, the director of Tonga’s Meteorological Service. “We need to move now to evacuation centers. No one will be able to move about tonight.” [ Source (Read More…) ]