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 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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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.
The next two photos are of a church in Nuku'alofa, taken by local Solomone Savelio.
This collection of photos was shared by locals to community Facebook page Tonganow.