Cyclone Winston, a category-5 storm with wind gusts reaching 300km/h, struck Fiji last weekend leaving 44 people dead, 45,000 people displaced, 350,000 directly impacted and $650 million worth of damage. The emergency state was applied by the government for 60 days. With sustained winds of 230 km per hour and gusts of 325 km per hour, the tropical cyclone was one of the most … It began on 20 February. This infrared view of the storm from the NOAA-NASA Suomi satellite shows warm surfaces (such as the open ocean at image upper right) in shades of blue with progressively colder temperatures (such as the tops of Winston’s towering thunderstorm clouds) in darkest red. Damage to coral reefs was highest in the north where the eye of the cyclone passed, and lowest in the south. Cyclone Winston affected the life of 40 percent of people who lived in Fiji. It was the first recorded Category 5 storm to hit Fiji.It was also one of the strongest tropical cyclones in the Southern Hemisphere. Before the storm got to Fiji, many shelters were opened. Tropical Cyclone Winston not only altered landscapes and communities along its main pathway, but caused significant damage to coral reefs up to 20-30 m below the surface in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape. Response to Tropical Cyclone Winston. According to Weather Underground, Winston is among the strongest tropical cyclones to make landfall in world recorded history, and the strongest recorded in the Southern […] Tropical Cyclone Winston Slams Fiji. Facts about Cyclone Winston 7: the total damaged homes and victims. Australia’s thoughts are with the people of Fiji, particularly those who have lost family and friends as a result of Tropical Cyclone Winston, the largest recorded cyclone to hit the country. When the storm came ashore on the island of Koro, it packed sustained winds of 300 kilometers (185 miles) per hour. Fiji: Tropical Cyclone Winston SITUATION REPORT – 16 March 2016 IN NUMBERS BACKGROUND On 20 and 21 February, Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji, causing widespread damage in all four divisions: Eastern, Northern, Western and Central. Cyclone Winston: Damage bill reaches $650 million, Fiji Government says. February 20, 2016JPEG. A curfew was called across the country on 20 February.. Facts about Cyclone Winston 8: the emergency state. Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston, an extremely destructive Category 5 cyclone, struck Fiji on 20th February 2016. On February 20, 2016, a category 5 tropical cyclone thrashed the South Pacific island nation of Fiji. Category: Aid. Tropical Cyclone Winston sprawled across the Fiji Islands on February 20, 2016. The cyclone struck Fiji as a Category 5 tropical cyclone. Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston was a tropical cyclone in February 2016. However, the level of destruction was highly variable and patchy between reefs. Pacific Beat. There were 40,000 homes damaged because of this storm. 22 February 2016.