'Monster' Tropical Cyclone Winston reenergizes as it punishes Fiji

February 20, 2016 9:12 PM

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'Monster' Tropical Cyclone Winston reenergizes as it punishes Fiji

(CNN) -- The most powerful storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere slammed straight into Fiji late Saturday, delivering the first crushing blows of a pounding that is expected to last for days on the tiny island nation.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center estimated Tropical Cyclone Winston's winds reached 184 mph in the hours before it made landfall about 7 p.m. Saturday (2 a.m. ET).

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