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