A tree lays across a road and power lines in Lami, Fiji, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, after cyclone Winston ripped through the country. (Jonacani Lalakobau/Fiji Times via AP)
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Fiji began a massive clean-up Sunday after the most powerful cyclone in the Pacific island nation's history left a trail of destruction, killing five people and crippling vital infrastructure.The category five super-storm lashed the popular tourist destination overnight Saturday, packing wind gusts approaching 300 kilometers (185 miles) per hour, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Officials said one man died on Koro Island, reportedly from debris sent flying during severe tropical cyclone Winston, the first-ever storm system to hit Fiji measuring a maximum category five.Bainimarama said the storm amounted to an "assault on Fiji", an impoverished nation of about 900,000 heavily reliant on its tourism industry.The Fiji Meteorological Office said the cyclone had moved out to sea about 230 kilometers west of Nadi by mid-morning Sunday, although the islands could still expect strong winds, heavy rains and powerful swells.
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