Category-5 Cyclone Gita due to smash into Tonga today

Cyclone Gita, which has already caused extensive damage and flooding in Samoa, is now strengthening to a Category-5 tropical cyclone and is due to hit Tonga today.

Tonga's Meteorological Service has issues a Hurricane Warning for Tongatapu and 'Eua, as well as damaging swell, heavy rain and flash flooding warnings.

"Very destructive hurricane force winds are expected from this evening," the service warns.

Category-5 storms are the top of the scale, with winds of more than 252kmh.

Cyclone Winston, a Category-5 tropical cyclone which formed in February of 2016, killed 44 people in Fiji, injured 126 more and destroyed or damaged 40,000 homes.

Forecasts are currently about half and half on whether the remnant of the storm will eventually make landfall in New Zealand next week.

Cyclone Gita has already caused extensive flooding an damage in parts of Samoa, after hitting the island nation on Saturday.


Story of the week: Woman who checked-in for appendix removal finds husband harvested her kidney

A woman from West Bengal in India says her husband stole her kidney to cover an unpaid dowry.  

Following up after a surgery which she thought was appendix removal, doctor's confirmed that her right kidney was gone.

After she complained to her husband about stomach pains two years ago he checked her into a private hospital in Kolkata for appendicitis, she says her organ was illegally harvested, BBC reports.

At the time, her husband told her not to mention the surgery to anyone. 

She has since told police that her husband and brother-in-law are responsible, stating they stole one of her kidneys as her family had not paid her dowry. 

According to the victim, her husband made constant pleas that her dowry be paid, a tradition that has been banned in India since 1961. 

Both the husband and brother-in-law have been arrested and are awaiting charges. 

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Watch: Boy gets stuck in vending machine, trying to get THAT stuffed toy

A young boy in Florida wanted a stuffed toy so much that he crawled inside a claw-style vending machine of a restaurant to get one.

Mason climbed through a small back door of the machine but was unable to get back out the same way.

An off-duty fireman called in local firefighters to get him out - but Mason started crying because he was having so much fun inside the machine.

The Titusville Fire Department said in a statement, "often times we say to ourselves that you never know what the next shift will bring."

"Well today was no exception. This evening little Mason was enjoying some food and decided he wanted a stuffed animal. He wanted it so bad, he climbed into the game to get that toy!!"

"We don't really train for extricating kids from claw machines, but now we can add this to our list," Battalion Chief Greg Sutton, from the Titusville Fire Department, told WFTV9.

Mason came out after 10 minutes unharmed and the fire department later confirmed he got the stuffed toy he wanted.