1 dead after Tropical Cyclone Winston makes Category 5 landfall in Fiji

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — At least one person was killed after Tropical Cyclone Winston reached Category 5 winds.

Residents of Fiji hunkered down Saturday as a ferocious cyclone tore through the Pacific island chain, prompting authorities to impose a nationwide curfew and declare a month-long state of disaster.

Wind speeds from Cyclone Winston were estimated at up to 200 miles per hour. The cyclone was tracking late Saturday along the northern coast of the main island, Viti Levu.

Fiji's capital, Suva, located in the southern part of the main island, was experiencing high winds but was not directly in the cyclone's path. The popular tourist resorts in Viti Levu's west, however, were closer to the cyclone's center.

Flights were canceled and authorities urged people to find somewhere safe to hunker down for the night and to not venture outside. A nationwide curfew is being imposed.

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