Category 5 Cyclone Winston struck Fiji on Saturday, and it really must have been something:
At least 10 people were killed in Fiji when a record-breaking storm struck the island nation Saturday night, according to the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.
Now that Tropical Cyclone Winston has passed, the arduous tasks of cleanup and damage assessment from the most powerful storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere has begun, authorities say.
Nadi International Airport reopened Monday morning after being close for two days. Operations there are back to normal with few cancellations, according to airport staff.
Schools, however, will be closed in Fiji for one week, the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management said.
Winds that reached 296 kph (184 mph) lashed the tiny island nation in the Pacific, felling trees, knocking out power and causing heavy flooding, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported.
Fiji’s biggest cities appear to have been spared the brunt of the storm, but villages may have suffered quite a bit of damage and really it’s still too soon to know how much. There may be more deaths that simply haven’t been reported yet, and farming communities may be particularly hard hit moving forward.
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