Photo Gallery: Tongan local residents' social media photos show carnage left behind by unrelenting Cyclone Gita

Photos have begun to emerge from around Tonga of the devastation caused by Cyclone Gita overnight, with flooding, high winds and flying debris all combining for a chaotic night in The Kingdom.

The parliament house in Tonga after Cyclone Gita.
The parliament house in Tonga after Cyclone Gita. Source: Supplied

Uprooted and damaged trees in Tonga after Cyclone Gita.
Uprooted and damaged trees in Tonga after Cyclone Gita. Source: Supplied

The roof of a Tongan home in Nuku'alofa collapsed after Cyclone Gita.
The roof of a Tongan home in Nuku'alofa collapsed after Cyclone Gita. Source: Supplied

A heavily-damaged house in Nuku'alofa after Tonga was hit by Cyclone Gita.
A heavily-damaged house in Nuku'alofa after Tonga was hit by Cyclone Gita. Source: Supplied

The roof of a building in Nuku'alofa stripped away by the winds of Cyclone Gita.
The roof of a building in Nuku'alofa stripped away by the winds of Cyclone Gita. Source: Supplied

A house in Nuku'alofa lies completely collapsed after Cyclone Gita.
A house in Nuku'alofa lies completely collapsed after Cyclone Gita. Source: Supplied

Clean up begins in Tonga's capital of Nuku'alofa after it was hit by Cyclone Gita overnight.
Clean up begins in Tonga's capital of Nuku'alofa after it was hit by Cyclone Gita overnight. Source: Supplied

The following photos were all submitted to 1 NEWS by a local living in the small Pacific nation's capital of Nuku'alofa, showing the destruction caused by the category four cyclone.

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Locals in the inland suburb of Pahu in Tonga's capital of Nuku'alofa begin cleaning up the aftermath of Cyclone Gita by cutting down a blown over Nonu tree.
Locals in the inland suburb of Pahu in Tonga's capital of Nuku'alofa begin cleaning up the aftermath of Cyclone Gita by cutting down a blown over Nonu tree. Source: @VDakaSini / Twitter

Flooding and broken trees in the inland suburb of Pahu in Nuku'Alofa after Cyclone Gita.
Flooding and broken trees in the inland suburb of Pahu in Nuku'Alofa after Cyclone Gita. Source: @VDakaSini / Twitter

Flooding and fallen down trees in the inland suburb of Pahu in Nuku'Alofa after Cyclone Gita.
Flooding and fallen down trees in the inland suburb of Pahu in Nuku'Alofa after Cyclone Gita. Source: @VDakaSini / Twitter

These three photos were taken by Virginie Sini who lives in the inland suburb of Pahu in Nuku'alofa, with locals already looking to begin the clean-up process. 

A room at a church in Nuku'alofa after it was hit by Cyclone Gita.
A room at a church in Nuku'alofa after it was hit by Cyclone Gita. Source: @SolomonSavelio / Twitter

The inside of a damaged church in Nuku'alofa after Cyclone Gita.
The inside of a damaged church in Nuku'alofa after Cyclone Gita. Source: Solomone Savelio

The next two photos are of a church in Nuku'alofa, taken by local Solomone Savelio.

A Tongan local wades through floodwater after Cyclone Gita.
A Tongan local wades through floodwater after Cyclone Gita. Source: Tonganow / Facebook

Locals check in on a popular corner store which was reportedly looted during Cyclone Gita.
Locals check in on a popular corner store which was reportedly looted during Cyclone Gita. Source: Tonganow

A house is left in ruin and flooded after being hit by Cyclone Gita.
A house is left in ruin and flooded after being hit by Cyclone Gita. Source: Tonganow / Facebook

Safety barriers are put up around flooded parts to discourage locals from wading in floodwater.
Safety barriers are put up around Tonga parts to discourage locals from wading in floodwater. Source: Tonganow

Corrugated iron is left mangled and ripped from rooftops after Cyclone Gita.
Corrugated iron is left mangled and ripped from rooftops after Cyclone Gita. Source: Tonganow / Facebook

This collection of photos was shared by locals to community Facebook page Tonganow.

Flooding and broken trees in the inland suburb of Pahu in Nuku'Alofa after Cyclone Gita.
Flooding and broken trees in the inland suburb of Pahu in Nuku'Alofa after Cyclone Gita. Source: @VDakaSini / Twitter


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Video: Raw footage shows Tonga's Parliament House flattened by Gita's fury

The morning sun rise has revealed devatation across Tonga, with among the most dire early images those of Tonga's Parliament House in Nuku'alofa, which has been totally flattened.

Parliament House in Tonga.
Parliament House in Tonga. Source: Supplied

1 NEWS Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver recorded a short video outside Tonga's Parliament House this morning.

Heart-breaking images of the previously sturdy Parliament House show the true power of Cyclone Gita.
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The damage is concerning because Parliament House was among the island's most sturdy buildings.

Early photos and videos are showing widespread destruction across Tonga's two main islands.

Follow the latest news on this unfolding tragedy in our LIVE rolling coverage.

Forecaster Philip Duncan on if any of Gita’s remnants will hit New Zealand. Source: Breakfast

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Heart-breaking images of the previously sturdy Parliament House show the true power of Cyclone Gita. Source: 1 NEWS

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'We tried to tell ourselves we were fine but we were not' - anxious account of Cyclone Gita's onslaught in Tonga

A first-hand account of the havoc Cyclone Gita wrought on Tonga overnight has been described to 1 NEWS by a French ex-pat anxiously sheltering in her Nuku'alofa home.

Virginie Dourlet spent a nerve-wracking night in the Tongan capital, as the bottom floor of her home was flooded and she waited with her landlord and his four children on the second floor.

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Their fear was that their roof would be stripped off by the storm.

"Very frightening, we tried to tell ourselves we were fine but we were not, you know," Ms Dourlet said.

"I guess we were mostly concerned about the roof but actually we were concerned for all the wrong reasons."

Ms Dourlet said the worst of the extreme weather conditions occurred for a two hour period from midnight to 2am.

Standing on her veranda in the pre-dawn Nuku'alofa hours this morning (around 5.45am NZDT), Ms Dourlet said the conditions are much improved.

"It's still windy but much, much less. It's much better (than last night), I'm outside and you can hear me," she said.

Her neighbourhood, however, she said had sustained significant damage.

"It's raining again though it had stopped earlier, and although it's still dark I can see there's a fair bit of destruction on my street," Ms Dourlet said.

"From what I can tell right now and from what I have heard so far, it looks like all the houses directly around me are still standing, there are three downed polls leaning very awkwardly but still standing, not fallen.

"There's water absolutely everywhere. One end of the street is blocked by two fallen trees.

"A corrugated iron fence has been pushed from its original place to the the street."

 Ms Dourlet has lived in Tonga for the past five years, and says this was "definitely" the worst weather conditions she has experience on the Pacific island nation - including Cyclone Winston in 2016.

The view of Virginie Dourlet's flooded backyard in Nuku'alofa after Cyclone Gita hit overnight. Source: Supplied