Cyclone Pam Hits Small Pacific Nation of Vanuatu

March 13, 2015 11:43 PM

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An extremely powerful cyclone blew over islands in the Pacific's Vanuatu archipelago late Friday after a westward change of course put populated areas directly in the path of its destructive 168 mile-per-hour winds, according to relief workers.

The Category 5 cyclone had wind speeds that averaged 168 miles per hour, with gusts up to 210 miles per hour, according to the office. It said the periphery of the eye of the storm had passed over islands that are home to several thousand people and was expected to hit or come close to the island of...

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