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Most of Fiji dodged the cyclone, which headed their way after hitting Tonga, making landfall over the country's most isolated islands.

Desperate people boarded up their homes and stocked up on essential supplies while praying and hoping for the best before heading to the safety of emergency shelters.

"We're communicating as well with government officials who serve in these islands".

The centre of Cyclone Gita was located about 60 kilometres South South West of Ono-i-Lau earlier this afternoon.

Wind gusts at Ono-i-Lau had reached 190km/h last night.

"There on the ground, it just seems there's a lot of devastation and a lot of damage, and I'm just hopeful not too many lives have been lost". A strong wind warning also remains in force for the rest of Fiji.

The cyclone destroyed homes, churches and even the nation's historic Parliament House. "However, it is clear that Cyclone Gita has caused significant damage", Peters said.

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Fiji Red Cross prepare for Tropical Cylone Gita.

Tonga's parliament building is more than 100 years old.

At least 80% of the electricity network was severely damaged from Nuku'alofa CBD up to Lavengamelie, to Tofoa and back to Patangata and Popua, said Seti Chen, Manager Operations at Tonga Power Ltd. today.

There were no reports of deaths, but several people were injured, Graham Kenna, an Australian government adviser at Tonga's National Emergency Management Office, told Reuters.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) New Zealand said it was prepared to respond to the disaster and had already dispatched emergency supplies to nearby Fiji.

He says the survey would focus on Tongatapu and the neighbouring island of Eua, and determine the damage to major infrastructure including airfields, ports and hospitals.

The Prime Minister said they have signed off on $750,000 of relief for Tonga after Cyclone Gita hit.

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