Hundreds evacuated as Cyclone slams into Tonga

NUKU’ALOFA: 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 minimise the loss of human life, illness or injury.”

The northern island of Vava’u took the brunt of the category three cyclone wich was packing winds up to 150 kilometres per hour (93 miles per hour).