INTERNATIONAL

Cyclone Wreaks Havoc In Tonga's Capital

Tonga began cleaning-up early after cyclone Gita tore across the pacific island nation in the middle of the night, flattening the parliament, tearing roofs off homes and causing widespread flooding.

There were no confirmed reports of deaths from the category 4 storm that bought winds of around 200 km per hour, but there were a lot of injured people, some seriously.

The cyclone was heading towards Fiji's southern islands on Tuesday, with some forecasts reporting it was intensifying towards a category 5 storm.

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama warned residents to "heed warnings and prepare", although the storm is expected to bypass heavily populated areas.