Cyclone Winston leaves a trail of destruction in Fiji

Official blog of the Met Office news team

Our blog on Friday 19 February reported the potential threat to Fiji from powerful Cyclone Winston. As predicted, the cyclone crossed the islands causing much destruction from exceptionally strong winds and heavy rain.

Late on Friday (UK time) Cyclone Winston crossed directly over the smaller Fijian islands of Vanua Balavu and Koro. At this stage, Winston was still strengthening and peaked with sustained winds averaged over 10-minutes estimated to be near 145 mph and gusts up to 200 mph. An observing station on the island of Vanua Levu recorded sustained winds of 121 mph on the northern side of the eye, which in this instance would have been the weaker side of the cyclone. Winston briefly made landfall on the northern coast of Fiji’s largest island Viti Levu before moving back out to sea. The country’s capital Suva is located on the southern coast, so received some shelter and did…

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