Severe Tropical Cyclone “Yasa” (Category 5) Track map: Number 01 (Issued at 10:00am Local Time Thursday 17th December 2020) Format Map Source Patricia was the strongest at landfall among Pacific hurricanes; 1976's Hurricane Madeline and 1992's Hurricane Iniki are tied as the second-strongest storms at landfall, both of which did not reach Category 5 strength, but made landfall as stronger Category 4 storms than Kenna. Posted on April 29, 2019 by WeatherGuys Editor Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico in October 2018. Share Wednesday, 16 December 2020 10:46 AM. Ava's minimum known pressure was measured when it was a Category 4 hurricane, for example. Fiji was hit by a Category 5 Tropical Cyclone 'Yasa' on December which caused extensive damage and destruction of critical infrastructure.“The relief material sent by the Government of India, consisting of shelter and hygiene kits, will provide immediate assistance to the cyclone-affected communities,” the official statement read. Cyclone Ita has been classed right at the top of the scale – Category 5, the worst possible classification. It is packing 120 knots (140 mph / 225 km/h) maximum sustained winds and 936 mbar (914 mbar per Vanuatu Met. ", "Tropical Cyclone Report Hurricane Kenna", "wea01151, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) Collection", National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "Subject: H2) Who are the "Hurricane Hunters" and what are they looking for? Fiji is bracing for the first severe tropical cyclone of the season, with two thirds of its population in the path of category 5 system Cyclone Yasa. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama on Tuesday urged people to prepare. Cyclone Yasa, a category five storm - the highest category - is expected to bring high-speed winds and torrential rain across Fiji’s two largest islands when it makes landfall on Friday. None made landfall as Category 5 hurricanes; Patricia and Kenna had weakened to Category 4 status at the time of their landfalls, Willa had weakened to Category 3, and Rick was a tropical storm at its landfall. The category 5 cyclone made landfall in Bua, Vanua Levu, at 6pm Thursday (7pm NZ time), two hours earlier than originally predicted, according to Metservice Fiji. In addition to these four systems, hurricanes John, Linda, Ioke, Lane, and Walaka all threatened land at some point during their existence. Disaster. It’s possible, though, that the eye of the storm will came ashore in one or more islands, which could increase the threat of storm surge flooding as well as catastrophic winds and major flooding. This officially puts Harold into a Category 5 system, based on the Australian/Fiji classification. In 2016 Fiji was devasted by Category 5 Cyclone Winston which killed more than 40 people. With thousands homes devastated, leaving hundreds of families homeless, the Alliance for Future Generations, Ignite4Change & the Fiji Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance are organizing a National Drive to assist the affected communities. Cyclone Tracy caused more wind related fatalities than any other tropical cyclone to impact the United States or Australia since the turn of the 20th century. In general, Category 5s form in clusters in single years. Sydney, Dec. 16, (dpa/GNA) - Fiji on Wednesday was warned to prepare for category-5 tropical Cyclone Yasa, which is expected to directly hit the Pacific Island state in the coming days. [9] As Kenna, Patricia and Lane were threatening land, their pressures were measured by Hurricane Hunters using dropsondes. Tropical cyclone severity categories. Cyclone Winston was the last category five cyclone to hit Fiji in 2016, which , and remains the . John, Ioke and Walaka had minimal impacts on Johnston Atoll, John caused heavy surf in Hawaii, and Walaka passed close to East Island in the French Frigate Shoals. Only three storms of Category 3 intensity or greater have passed near Fiji. In general, Category 5s form in clusters in single years. They are rare in the northeastern Pacific Ocean and generally form only once every several years. [16] Patricia was also originally thought to have made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane near Manzanillo before post-season analysis in 2016. Definitely one to monitor closely with local authorities in both Tonga and the Cooks." Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasa threatens to cause major disaster in Fiji. This lists all of the Category 5 hurricanes in the order in which they formed. The nation of 600,000 is a small target in a large ocean, and has seen just one landfall of a Category 3 storm or stronger, which was Winston. This is expected to affect the whole of Fiji at different times. On December 17th, Category 5 Cyclone Yasa made landfall - affecting approximately 850,000 people (95% of Fiji’s population). [4], Hurricanes have reached Category 5 intensity during every month from June to October. office) central pressure. Cyclone Yasa Could Hit Fiji as Category 5, Cyclone Zazu to Belt Tonga Tropical cyclone Yasa, currently category 3, is forecast to intensify to category 5 before impacting Fiji on Friday morning. Hawaii, the only heavily populated island chain in the eastern Pacific, is protected from most hurricanes by a subtropical ridge and because its land area is small relative to the total ocean area where hurricanes form and travel. Fiji reeling after devastating Cyclone Winston, among the strongest ever to strike land. [4], The minimum central pressure of these storms is, for the most part, estimated from satellite imagery using the Dvorak technique. Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasa threatens to cause major disaster in Fiji It would be the second-strongest storm on record in Fiji. Fiji was hit by gale-force winds and driving rain as Tropical Cyclone Yasa barreled toward the Pacific nation as a Category 5 storm on December 17.By Thursday, the government declared a … A devastating category 5 cyclone hits an already flooded Australia forcing thousands of evacuations. Fiji. Fiji has been hit hard economically by the coronavirus pandemic, which has squelched tourism, a major source of revenue, and put many out of work. Tropical Cyclone Yasa is expected to hit the country's two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu later Thursday or … Cyclone Yasa Could Hit Fiji as Category 5, Cyclone Zazu to Belt Tonga. [8], The reason for estimating the pressure (in lieu of direct measurements) is the fact that most of these storms did not threaten land. Cyclone Yasa: Fiji prepares for category 5 storm as Tonga braces for Zazu. This makes an otherwise ideal region unfavorable for tropical cyclones. The storm killed at least four people, including an infant, and displaced tens of thousands. The devastating cyclone has brought winds of up to 250 km/h, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane wind scale.. A nationwide curfew was imposed ahead of the cyclone making landfall, which included a ban on all public transport. Editor focusing on extreme weather, climate change, science and the environment. Cyclone Tracy caused more wind related fatalities than any other tropical cyclone to impact the United States or Australia since the turn of the 20th century. It damaged or destroyed 40 000 homes across the island nation and killed 44 people. The storm killed at least four people, including an infant, and displaced tens of thousands. It would be the second-strongest storm on record in Fiji. Tropical Cyclone Yasa, currently the strongest storm on Earth, is headed for a potentially devastating landfall in Fiji within the next 24 hours. Evacuations ordered in Fiji as Yasa strengthens into a category five system with winds of up to 270km/h. [3], Since the 1959 season, only 18 hurricanes are known to have reached Category 5 intensity. The effects of El Niño are most significant in the central Pacific (140°W to the dateline).[13]. [20] In the Atlantic, this sends hurricanes towards North America. Only 1994's Hurricane Emilia and 2006's Hurricane Ioke have reached Category 5 intensity more than once; that is, by weakening into a Category 4 or weaker storm and later re-strengthening to a Category 5 storm. Follow the advice of local authorities anywhere in the Fiji island group – the entire nation is exposed to severe weather from Cyclone Yasa – in some areas to the south until Saturday morning. The region also defines a subtropical cyclone as a non-frontal low pressure disturban… Fiji is bracing for the first severe tropical cyclone of the season, with two thirds of its population in the path of category 5 system Cyclone Yasa. Video taken in the western eyewall of Cat 5 Hurricane Michael as it slammed Panama City Beach with extreme wind. List of the most intense tropical cyclones, "Subject: D4) What does "maximum sustained wind" mean ? "A cyclone like this could be a double disaster for Fiji." The most important news stories of the day, curated by Post editors and delivered every morning. We have stock stored in Dubai and can be ready if needed. This is the story of our sailboat sinking in category 5 Cyclone Yasa, a disaster while sailing the Fiji Islands. Identical phenomena in the north Pacific Ocean west of the dateline are called "typhoons" or "super typhoons". Fiji was hit by a Category 5 Tropical Cyclone 'Yasa' on December which caused extensive damage and destruction of critical infrastructure.“The relief material sent by the Government of India, consisting of shelter and hygiene kits, will provide immediate assistance to the cyclone-affected communities,” the official statement read. Even if Super Cyclone Amphan weakens to a Category 1 or 2 storm in terms of its wind speeds before landfall, it still is likely to bring ashore a storm surge equivalent to a much stronger storm. Follow the advice of local authorities anywhere in the Fiji island group – the entire nation is exposed to severe weather from Cyclone Yasa – in some areas to the south until Saturday morning. … ", South-West Indian Ocean tropical cyclones, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_Category_5_Pacific_hurricanes&oldid=996790879, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 28 December 2020, at 17:00. Hurricane Andrew, which struck a more populated area as a Category 5 hurricane in 1992, caused only 14 wind-related deaths. Within the region a tropical cyclone is defined to be a warm cored, non-frontal synoptic disturbance, that develops over tropical or subtropical waters, with organized atmospheric convection and a closed well defined circulation centre. However, the lack of Pacific Category 5 hurricanes during the late 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s, is certain. Yasa is the second-strongest cyclone on record to hit Fiji. Cyclone Yasa, a category five storm - the highest category - is expected to bring high-speed winds and torrential rain across Fiji's two largest islands when it makes landfall on Friday. The prevailing ocean currents of the area carry warm water to the west. Category 5 hurricanes are tropical cyclones that reach Category 5 intensity on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale. On Monday, the storm was rated a Category 5 with maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour and gusts to 200 mph, as it reached the upper end of … ", Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, "Eastern North Pacific Tracks File 1949-2007", "Subject: E10) What are the average, most, and least tropical cyclones occurring in each basin? The storm demolished structures all over Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu. [4] Because of the estimation of central pressures, it is possible that other storms more intense than these have formed. Category 5 Cyclone Yasa made landfall in Fiji on 17 December, slamming into the island of Vanua Levu. According to a report from Australia’s ABC News, Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office calculated that 600,000 people live in the path of the storm. Most of 1973 was during a La Niña, which reduces tropical cyclone activity in the eastern Pacific, yet Hurricane Ava, a Category 5 hurricane, formed in June of that year. [5] It is therefore very possible that there are additional Category 5 hurricanes other than those listed, but they were not reported and therefore not recognized. Tropical Cyclone #Harold has done an unprecedented intensification into a powerful monster tropical system. Written By. It threatens to cause damage on the scale of Tropical Cyclone Winston, which caused widespread destruction when it hit in 2016. The general lack of Category 5s in non warm-ENSO years is because of there being limited space for development. A Category 5 Pacific hurricane is therefore a tropical cyclone in the north Pacific Ocean that reached Category 5 intensity east of the international dateline. [7], Older storms have incomplete pressure readings, since there were no satellite-based estimates; the only observations were taken by ships, land-based observations, or reconnaissance aircraft when available. The lowest pressure of this storm was 918 millibars, lower than that of some Category 5's, such as Guillermo. For its first time as a Category 5, Ioke was at that intensity for 18 hours; the second time was 24 additional hours east of the dateline, giving a total of 42 hours. More recently, Cyclone Harold also hit Fiji, after hammering the small island nation of Vanuatu. [4] Ioke did not lose Category 5 status on August 26, however, it moved into the Western North Pacific, and thus was no longer considered a hurricane, but rather a typhoon. Associated Press Television News . Cyclone Yasa, a Category 5 storm, is expected to bring high-speed winds and torrential rain to Fiji's two largest islands when it makes landfall on Friday. A Category 5 Atlantic hurricane is a tropical cyclone that reaches Category 5 intensity on the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale, within the Atlantic Ocean to the north of the equator.They are among the strongest tropical cyclones that can form on Earth, having 1-minute sustained wind speeds of at least 137 knots (254 km/h; 158 mph; 70 m/s). “There is [a] risk of sea flooding of low-lying coastal areas, especially during high tide from storm surges and damaging heavy swells on Thursday and Friday,” the government warned via a message posted on Facebook. The Category 5 Cyclone Yasa which made a landfall in Fiji is the fifth storm worldwide to reach category 5 strength in 2020. SYDNEY (Reuters) -Fiji closed schools and urged people to stock up on emergency supplies on Wednesday as a potentially devastating cyclone was due to hit the island nation within days. Cyclone Yasa: Fiji prepares for category 5 storm as Tonga braces for Zazu. On Thursday, December 17, 2020, severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa made landfall on Fiji’s second-largest island, Vanua Levu. Hurricane Andrew, which struck a more populated area as a Category 5 hurricane in 1992, caused only 14 wind-related deaths. [14] The latest Category 5 to form in a season is Hurricane Kenna, which reached peak intensity on October 24. Authorities in Fiji warned residents in coastal areas to move to higher grounds as a category 5 cyclone heads towards the South Pacific nation. Under Bainimarama’s leadership, Fiji has become an effective proponent of climate action. The Guardian - Ben Doherty Pacific Editor. YASA remains a Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone and brings life threatening and destructive weather conditions. As a member of AOSIS, a group of 44 small island and low-lying coastal developing states, Fiji is viewed as especially vulnerable to the ravages of climate change, particularly through sea level rise and extreme weather events such as tropical cyclones. Fiji + 1 more. The highest winds given in advisories are those from the right side. There have been no May, November, or off-season Category 5 hurricanes. ", "The Northeast and North Central Pacific hurricane database 1949–2019", Re-analysis of the 1959 Manzanillo Mexico Hurricane, "Remote Hawaiian Island Wiped Off The Map", Hurricane Lane Hawaii rainfall totals update: ‘Extreme flooding impacts’ continue from tropical storm, "Subject: G8) Why do hurricanes hit the East coast of the U.S., but never the West coast? Of all of the Category 5 Pacific hurricanes, the only ones to make landfall at any intensity were Hurricane Kenna, Hurricane Rick, Hurricane Patricia, and Hurricane Willa. [12] Linda was briefly forecast to approach southern California, and it passed close to Socorro Island near peak intensity. Source: Zoom Earth . By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. national; The Category 5 cyclones that devastated Australia. The bureau categorises tropical cyclone intensity according to the maximum mean wind speed over open, flat land or water. Many Fijians are still recovering from Cyclone Harold which hit the country in early April. [11][17][18] Out of the five aforementioned hurricanes, Lane had the most significant impact on land, threatening Hawaii as a major hurricane, and dropping more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain across many areas.[19]. In the eastern Pacific, this sends tropical cyclones out into the open ocean to dissipate over waters too cool to support them or in environments with high wind shear. Cyclone Winston was the last Category 5 cyclone to hit Fiji in 2016, which killed more than 40 people, and remains the Southern Hemisphere's strongest storm on record. On Thursday, December 17, 2020, severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa made landfall on Fiji’s second-largest island, Vanua Levu. Cyclone Yasa is now a category five cyclone, the highest possible level. EARLIER: 11pm NZDT/10pm FJT 11pm NZDT/10pm FJT 11pm NZDT/10pm FJT. We are monitoring the situation in Fiji to see if we are able to respond after Cyclone Yasa. Cyclone Yasa, a category five storm - the highest category - is expected to bring high-speed winds and torrential rain across Fiji's two largest islands when it makes landfall on Friday. Cyclone Yasa, a category five storm - the highest category - is expected to bring high-speed winds and torrential rain across Fiji's two largest islands when it makes landfall on Friday. The country was the first to ratify the Paris climate accord, according to the program, and is trying to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. [4] John and Gilma have incomplete pressures because the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, in general, did not publish pressure on systems in the central Pacific (140°W to the dateline) at the time. [1][2] As a tropical cyclone is moving, its wind field is asymmetric. Location. Cyclone Yasa, a category five storm - the highest category - is expected to bring high-speed winds and torrential rain across Fiji's two largest islands when it makes landfall on Friday. Both did it twice, and Ioke reached Category 5 status a third time as a typhoon while in the western Pacific. [10] This list is not identical to the list of most intense Pacific hurricanes. Landfalls by such storms are rare due to the … As there is no large piece of land to block the water and cause it to "pile up" like in the Atlantic, the area suitable for all tropical cyclones is small. Category 5 Cyclone Yasa made landfall in Fiji on 17 December, slamming into the island of Vanua Levu. Category Five Cyclone Yasa Strikes Fiji. In the case of Kenna,[6] Ava,[7] Patricia, and Lane, the central pressure was measured by hurricane hunter aircraft flying into the storm. Cyclone Ita has been classed right at the top of the scale – Category 5, the worst possible classification. SYDNEY (Reuters) -Fiji closed schools and urged people to stock up on emergency supplies on Wednesday as a potentially devastating cyclone was due to hit the island nation within days. The most intense known Category 4 storm in the eastern Pacific was 2014's Odile. Stronger gusts may be observed over hilltops, in gullies and around structures. This does not mean that a Category 5 hurricane cannot form outside of an El Niño event. Foliage was ripped off trees, and gusts may have been well more than 200 mph in some spots. A category two cyclone's strongest winds are DESTRUCTIVE winds with typical gusts over open flat land of 125-164kph. Cyclone Yasa has intensified to a top-of-the-scale Category Five storm, with devastating gusts of up to 280 kilometres per hour (174 miles per hour) and is on track to hit Fiji late Thursday: Around two-thirds of the island nation's population of 900,000 are in its path. The storm is now packing sustained winds estimated at 160 miles per hour, which makes it the equivalent of a Category 5 storm. Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Powerful Category 5 Cyclone Yasa Hits Fiji” – below is their description. Farther out to sea, while waters are still warm, wind shear limits the development of tropical cyclones in the waters south of Hawaii. It is possible that some earlier storms reached Category 5 over open waters, but they were never recognized because they never affected land and remained at sea.[4]. The entire year of 1959 was neither an El Niño or a La Niña, but it had one Category 5 hurricane (Patsy). These winds correspond to Beaufort 10 and 11 (storm and violent storm). Cyclone Yasa, a category five storm - the highest category - is expected to bring high-speed winds and torrential rain across Fiji’s two largest islands when it makes landfall on Friday. They are by definition the strongest hurricanes that can form on planet Earth. Environment Program named him a “champion of the Earth” for his efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and negotiate global climate agreements. The severity of a tropical cyclone is described in terms of categories ranging from 1 (weakest) to 5 (strongest) related to the maximum mean wind speed as shown in this table. The reason for the lack of landfalls is that tropical cyclones in the northern hemisphere usually travel to the west. Tropical Cyclone Yasa is expected to intensify into a Category 5 cyclone and make landfall by midday Friday. Twin cyclones are bearing down on Pacific islands, with Fiji’s main island likely to be directly hit by a category five storm for the second time this year. In the northern hemisphere, the strongest winds are on the right side of the storm (relative to the direction of motion). Fiji's National Disaster Management Office has said about 600,000 people lie directly in the cyclone's projected path. Tropical cyclone Yasa, currently category 3, is forecast to intensify to category 5 before impacting Fiji on Friday morning. Hurricanes Ava, Gilma, Ioke, Linda, and Patricia are the most intense storms to form in their respective months. A category 5 cyclone's strongest winds typically pack gusts of more than 280km/h over open, flat land. Category 5 Monster! Winston was the most intense tropical cyclone in the southern hemisphere on record and the strongest cyclone to make landfall in the southern hemisphere. The government has opened evacuation centers throughout the country in advance of the storm. They are rare in the northeastern Pacific Ocean and generally form only once every several years. ", "2006 Tropical Cyclones Central North Pacific", "The 1994 Central Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season", "Subject: G2) How does El Niño-Southern Oscillation affect tropical cyclone activity around the globe? Category Five Cyclone Yasa Strikes Fiji. YASA remains a Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone and brings life threatening and destructive weather conditions. Cyclone Yasa, a Category 5 storm, is expected to bring high-speed winds and torrential rain to Fiji's two largest islands when it makes landfall on Friday. [6] Originally, a hurricane in 1959 was thought to have struck Manzanillo at Category 5 intensity, but a reanalysis in 2016 indicated the storm had peaked as a Category 4 hurricane, and made landfall with the same sustained wind speed as Kenna. [4], Two Pacific hurricanes are known to have reached Category 5 intensity multiple times: Emilia and Ioke. In the eastern Pacific, Category 5 hurricanes usually occur only in El Niño years. “Do not be caught off guard by this latest storm,” Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said. The devastating cyclone has brought winds of up to 250 km/h, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane wind scale.. A nationwide curfew was imposed ahead of the cyclone making landfall, which included a ban on all public transport. According to the Fiji government, Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and other islands could see wind gusts up to 160 mph by the afternoon on Thursday, and wave heights of 45 feet or higher as the storm closes in. This difference in terminology therefore excludes storms such as Super Typhoon Paka and Super Typhoon Oliwa of 1997, and Super Typhoon Genevieve of 2014, which formed east of the dateline but did not reach Category 5 intensity until after crossing the dateline. That wind strength corresponds to the highest category on the Beaufort scale, which is used to measure hurricanes in the US. A Category 5 hurricane is defined as having sustained windspeeds of at least 137 knots (157 mph; 252 km/h; 70 m/s) over a one-minute period 10 metres (32 ft 10 in) above the ground. The 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2015 seasons are the only pairs of seasons in which a Category 5 hurricane formed in consecutive years (Rick, Celia, Marie and Patricia, respectively).[15]. On Dec. 11, the U.N. Fiji is again bracing for a category five tropical cyclone, with weather system anticipated to be one of the most destructive in living memory. There are no known Category 5 storms occurring before 1959. Location. Tropical cyclones that occur within the Northern Hemisphere to the east of the anti-meridian, are officially monitored by either the National Hurricane Center or the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. They are by definition the strongest hurricanes that can form on planet Earth. Yasa is the second-strongest cyclone on record to hit Fiji. How does it relate to gusts in tropical cyclones? (Photo courtesy of the Loloma Foundation) By Talya Meyers December 24, 2020 6:25 am Yasa, a Category 5 cyclone, crashed into Fiji on December 17, cutting a destructive path through Vanua Levu, the nation’s second-largest island. Landfalls by such storms are rare due to the generally westerly path of tropical cyclones in the northern hemisphere.The term "hurricane" is used for tropical cyclones in the Pacific Ocean, north of the equator and east of the international date line. Cyclone Yasa is now a category five cyclone, the highest possible level. NOAA recently upgraded Michael from a Category 4 storm to a Category 5, making Michael only the fourth tropical cyclone on record to hit the U.S. as a Category 5 hurricane. Fiji. Fiji is on high alert after severe tropical Cyclone Yasa developed into a Category 5 storm overnight. Note: corresponding approximate wind gusts are also provided as a guide. Winston was stronger than Yasa, packing winds of 185 mph at landfall, which made it one of the most powerful tropical cyclones (a term that also includes hurricanes and typhoons) to make landfall anywhere in the world. Cyclone Yasa, a top category five storm, is expected to bring winds of up to 250 kmh (155 mph) and torrential rain across the South Pacific archipelago nation when it … [4] Hurricane Ioke was tied for the longest-lasting Category 5 hurricane recorded, spending 42 hours at that strength,[11] while hurricanes John and Linda had the longest time spent consecutively at that intensity.[4]. office) central pressure. This officially puts Harold into a Category 5 system, based on the Australian/Fiji classification. Mr Koop of the weather service said Fiji's coastal communities will be "badly affected" by sea swells as they come ashore, and he anticipates there will be significant coastal erosion. Tropical Cyclone #Harold has done an unprecedented intensification into a powerful monster tropical system. Before the advent of reliable geostationary satellite coverage in 1966, the number of eastern Pacific tropical cyclones was significantly underestimated. Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Powerful Category 5 Cyclone Yasa Hits Fiji” – below is their description. Yasa, a Category 5 cyclone, crashed into Fiji on December 17, cutting a destructive path through Vanua Levu, the nation’s second-largest island. Category Five Cyclone Yasa Strikes Fiji. A category 5 cyclone's strongest winds typically pack gusts of more than 280km/h over open, flat land. Category 5 hurricanes are tropical cyclones that reach Category 5 intensity on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center is forecasting the storm to pass between the main islands of Fiji, but close enough to bring its fiercest winds and heaviest rains to the main island of Viti Levu as well as Vanua Levu and some smaller islands. It is packing 120 knots (140 mph / 225 km/h) maximum sustained winds and 936 mbar (914 mbar per Vanuatu Met. Authorities in Fiji warned residents in coastal areas to move to higher grounds as a category 5 cyclone heads towards the South Pacific nation. Disaster. The earliest Category 5 to form in a season is 1973's Hurricane Ava, which formed on June 7. This is why Category 5 hurricanes cluster in single seasons, with half of the known Category 5 hurricanes (nine) having occurred in the 1994, 2002, and 2018 seasons–the three seasons with the most Category 5 hurricanes, at three each. 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