Since the pandemic began, Tonga has reported just a single case of COVID-19 and has avoided any outbreaks.
A winter weather system brought colder temperatures and precipitation not often seen in the region. Authorities urged drivers to stay off the roads, which forecasters said are slick and snow-packed.
It's just one of the ways the world is rallying to help the people of the remote Pacific island nation rebuild.
The eruption severed Tonga's single fiber-optic cable, rendering the Pacific archipelago offline and unable to communicate with the rest of the world. Flights brought bottled water and other supplies.
Significant damage is being reported on the Pacific island of Tonga and thick ash on an airport runway is preventing aid from arriving.
Homes and businesses across New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania were without power as a dangerous storm brought heavy snow, strong thunderstorms and blustery winds.
The storm system could leave more than a foot of snow and in excess of a quarter inch of ice in some areas, the National Weather Service warned.
An undersea volcano erupted near the Pacific nation of Tonga, sending tsunami waves crashing across the shore there and around the Pacific, including a surges along the U.S. West Coast.
Four governors declared a state of emergency ahead of this weekend's storm, which could drop several inches of snow on areas that aren't accustomed to severe winter weather.
Forecasters predict a quarter-inch of ice which could lead to days without electricity.
The state agencies in charge of responding to weather emergencies are bracing for a winter storm expected to hit North Georgia and metro Atlanta during a three-day holiday weekend.
Advocates for those experiencing homelessness in Bibb County fear the predicted cold snap coming this weekend could prove deadly for those living on the streets.
Residents of several Southern states are bracing for the possibility of snow and ice as a winter storm moves into the region. The National Weather Service says up to 5 inches of snow will be possible in the north Georgia mountains, with higher amounts possible in some spots.
In an on overview published ahead of its full report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that 2021 ranked the third costliest on record for such events.