Winston was tracking west at 25 kilometres an hour, and he expected the cyclone would turn south-west today or tonight, Mr Duncan said. Tropical Cyclone Winston was upgraded to a category five cyclone last night. Flights have been cancelled, evacuation centres activated and a nationwide curfew put in place. Irma registered a maximum gust of … The last time a category 5 cyclone hit the Pacific was in February 2016 when Cyclone Winston killed 44 people in Fiji. Data source: Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), Warning #26 Issued at 15:00Z. Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston is now the strongest category 5 tropical cyclone to make landfall over Fiji. Flights have been cancelled, evacuation centres activated and a nationwide curfew put in place. This is a preliminary analysis & has not yet been validated in the field. Infrared satellite image (indicating cold cloud top temperatures) showing the location of TC Winston at 3.30pm Saturday 20th February 2016. 20th February 2016 Last updated at 11:37. This morning the centre tracked near to the Fiji Island of Vanua Balavu, where average wind speeds of 185km/h were recorded. Cyclone Winston brought winds of over 320 kph (200 mph), torrential rain and waves of up to 12m (40ft). Fiji has declared a state of emergency as the South Pacific island nation experiences the strongest storm ever recorded there. Severe Cyclone Winston hits Fiji, Darren Bett has the details. GREG JUST The stormy conditions brought down powerlines in Vava'u. The cyclone was estimated to have an average wind speed of 120kmh at its … ... Wind speed: Miles per hour. Tropical Cyclone WINSTON-16 can have a high humanitarian impact based on the maximum sustained wind speed, exposed population and vulnerability. This made it the strongest tropical cyclone on record in the entire southern hemisphere, based on wind speed estimates from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. ... Fiji records its most powerful storm. Cyclone Winston causes damage in Tonga. Fijians, tourists and aid workers were beginning the clean-up on Sunday after category five Cyclone Winston battered the South Pacific nation with wind … The cyclone was estimated to have an average wind speed of 120kmh at its centre, with gusts up to 170kmh. Tropical Cyclone Winston raked across Fiji Saturday with Category 5 winds, the strongest landfalling tropical cyclone on record in the South Pacific archipelago. South pacific cyclones – 10 minute sustained wind rankings. Cyclone Winston brought winds of over 320 kph (200 mph), torrential rain and waves of up to 12m (40ft). Cyclone Winston … This map illustrates satellite-detected areas of Forecasted Track, Wind Speed Zones for Tropical Cyclone 11P (Winston) as of 19 February 2016. If ranking by peak 10-minute sustained wind speed (the measure used by most international weather agencies), Cyclone Winston comes screaming all the way up to joint 4th in the south pacific region – but still well short of strongest ever in the southern hemisphere: Wind speeds even closer to the centre of the cyclone are estimated to average 220km/h, with momentary gusts likely to reach 315km/h. GDACS ID TC 1000252 Sustained wind is typically used for measuring cyclone intensity, but damage is also related to wind gusts, which are measured over much shorter periods.