The storm on February 19th, from Himawari-8.Winston began to form in early February, initially designated as Tropical Disturbance 09F. It was designated a Tropical Cyclone on February 10th, and continued to intensify. The storm passed over the tropical nation of Tonga earlier this week while it was a category 2 storm, only to turn and pass over the islands once again as a category 4 storm.
The storm made landfall over Fiji earlier today, prompting a state of emergency, and a nation-wide curfew. Communications with several islands has since been lost, and there have been numerous reports of damage. At least one person is confirmed dead at this point.
[Fiji Times, NPR, ABC News, FBC]
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