A Powerful Storm Leaves Tonga’s Parliament Homeless


Storm damage in Nuku’alofa, Tonga’s capital, on Tuesday. Tropical Cyclone Gita was the strongest storm to hit the Pacific island nation in decades.

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HONG KONG — Tonga began cleaning up on Tuesday from the most powerful storm to hit the South Pacific island nation in at least 60 years, which flattened its Parliament building, damaged houses and left thousands without power.

Tropical Cyclone Gita was measured as a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds of up to 145 miles per hour, when it crossed south of Tongatapu, Tonga’s main island, late Monday.

The storm knocked down the kingdom’s century-old Parliament building…

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