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1 Dead, Widespread Damage in Tonga Cyclone

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Tropical Cyclone Ian is seen in this NOAA GOES satellite handout image taken at 14:00 GMT Jan. 12, 2014.
A powerful typhoon that ripped through the South Pacific island nation of Tonga has caused widespread damage and killed at least one person.

Cyclone Ian hit Tonga's central islands early Saturday, with gusts of up to 287 kilometers per hour. Officials said damage caused by the category five storm was quite substantial.

By Sunday, reports began to emerge of houses destroyed and trees flattened across the island chain. Authorities say the number of deaths could rise as more information comes in.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.