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



Watch: Youngsters in Tonga brave the ocean as Cyclone Gita starts buffeting the Pacific nation

As Cyclone Gita bared down on Tonga today hardy local youngsters didn't let the looming storm stop them having fun in the sea.

The youngsters were filmed jumping into and swimming in the sea as high winds from the the cyclone started to hit.

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

The weather system is packing winds of more than 200km/h. Source: 1 NEWS

Follow 1 NEWS NOW's live updates as Cyclone Gita hits Tonga 

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

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Video: Heavy rain and high winds as Cyclone Gita makes landfall in Tonga

First 1 NEWS video out of Tonga as the island is hit by Cyclone Gita show severe rain and high winds.

Tonga's Acting Prime Minister Semisi Sika today signed a state of emergency declaration due to "the destructive force winds and sea rises caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita".

Follow 1 NEWS NOW's live updates as Cyclone Gita hits Tonga.

The weather system is packing winds of more than 200km/h. Source: 1 NEWS

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