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Tonga Brushed by South Pacific Cyclone Kofi March 7, 2014
CIMSS Satellite Loop
Poorly organized Cyclone Kofi can be seen skirting the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa on Sunday.
Tonga was hit by the second tropical cyclone to strike the South Pacific island nation in less than two months.

The center of tropical storm-force Cyclone Kofi passed just to the south of the archipelago on Sunday, with the storm’s outer bands bringing gales and locally heavy downpours to some islands.

But there were no reports of significant damage or any injuries associated with Kofi’s passage.

In early January, Category-5 Cyclone Ian ravaged Tonga with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph in some areas.

More than 1,100 buildings were wrecked by the storm, leaving 2,300 people homeless and knocking out power for weeks on some islands.

So many trees and structures were flattened by Ian that the governor of Ha’apai said he was able to see from one side of the island to the other.

Cyclone Kofi Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS