Monster Category 5 cyclone smashes Fiji

Posted by on Saturday, February 20, 2016


Cyclone Winston now has the distinction as the most powerful South Pacific storm ever recorded. And it has slammed into the Pacific island nation of Fiji.

The storms winds got up to 287 km/h, gusting to more than 350 km/h, shortly before landfall on Fiji's main island of Vitu Levu, whipping up wave heights around 12 m in some areas.

So far one person has been killed after his home collapsed.

Officials declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew.

Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago of more than 300 islands. It's famed for its rugged landscape of blue lagoons and palm-lined beaches, and eco-activities.



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