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

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



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".

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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

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Watch: Young Tongans band together in beautiful singalong as Cyclone Gita looms

As the potentially devastating Cyclone Gita approaches Tonga, one family has performed a beautiful show of unity in the form of a harmonious song.

Footage of the family hunkered down in Tonga singing together as they await the storm was posted to the MUST Be Tongan Facebook page tonight where it's quickly racking up the views.

"Our people & nation are Cyclone Proof. This family video brings me to tears seeing how strong our people are in their faith despite the circumstances couldn't help but share this video. Praise & Worship is the shield from the storm," the video is captioned.

The video has already received a large number of comments, mainly people wishing those in the video well and praising their singing skills.

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

The TVNZ weatherman has the latest on the storm set to hit the Pacific nation. Source: 1 NEWS

TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett with the latest update. Source: 1 NEWS

"I love you. May the Lord be with you and all of Tonga! Praying heavy for you guys," one comment reads.