Video: Cosy dinner inside for Tonga hotel guests as Cyclone Gita makes its presence felt outside

With the onset of a major storm, what better way to pass the time, than dinner inside your hotel.

That's exactly what guests at Tanoa Dateline in Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa did as Cyclone Gita started to hit the Pacific nation this evening.

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A major storm was on its way but it was business as usual for these hardy souls. Source: 1 NEWS

The cyclone is predicted to reach Category 5 status when the eye passes over at midnight. Source: 1 NEWS

Business carried on as usual at teatime at the Tanoa Dateline. Source: 1 NEWS