Hundreds evacuated as cyclone slams into Tonga

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NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga: Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in Tonga Saturday when severe tropical cyclone Ula slammed into the tiny Pacific kingdom. However, there were no casualties after Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva declared a state of emergency before the storm hit “in order to prevent or minimize the loss of human life, illness or injury”. The northern island of Vava’u took the brunt of the category three cyclone which was packing winds up to 150 kilometers per hour (93 miles per hour). The storm brought down trees, damaged crops, and the main airport was closed to domestic flights.

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