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Cyclone Ian and Lessons from the People of Tonga

I suspect that all the advance warning in the world cannot prepare someone for the experience of being in the path of a viciously destructive Category 5 cyclone.

Packing gale force winds in excess of 175 mph, virtually everything in the storm’s path will take a beating — life and limb in jeopardy; home and structures destroyed or severely damaged; massive trees uprooted; huge waves pounding beaches and flooding towns; cars; trucks and boats overturned; and mangled winds whipping deadly objects through the air — all culminating in immense carnage and destruction.

This was the experience recently of the Tongan people living in the Ha’apai Island chain in the Kingdom of Tonga.

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