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WINSTON Devastates Fiji

Posted by feww on February 21, 2016

TC WINSTON, strongest ever storm to hit Fiji, wreaks destruction across the island nation

Authorities in Fiji say the most powerful storm on record to hit the country has killed at least five people, razing  entire villages and destroying hundreds of homes.

TC WINSTON slammed the tiny nation with 330-km winds, torrential rain and tsunami-like waves of up to 15m, according to FIRE-EARTH Models.

The destructive storm prompted the government to impose a nationwide curfew and declare a 30-day state of national disaster, said reports. [The declaration would empower police to arrest people without a warrant.]

Spokesman for Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office told reporters that about 80% of the population were without electricity.

Fiji PM described the storm as “an ordeal of the most grievous kind.”

 

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Cat. 5 Cyclone WINSTON Buffeting Fiji Islands

Posted by feww on February 20, 2016

Powerful Cyclone packing destructive winds moves towards Fiji capital, Suva

WINSTON, a category five storm packing destructive winds, is impacting Fiji’s biggest islands as it moves towards the capital, Suva.

Fijian authorities have issued a curfew for the entire Fiji, effective 6:00pm local time, said a report.

“This latest measure is designed to restrict movement and ensure the safety of all Fijians. Only essentials services will be permitted to travel,” the government said in broadcast.

The storm has already lashed the outer islands of Fiji after pummeling Tonga twice earlier in the week.

WINSTON, packing sustained winds of about 290 km/hr ( max. gusts of 330 km/hr) was located about 175km NNE of Suva at 04:00 UTC, moving west at 25 km/hr, and generating MSW of about 15m.

Check interactive Earth map at http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-179.79,-16.72,408/loc=179.047,-18.034

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