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image: Tropical Cyclone Winston hits Thurston Gardens hard!by Nick Hobgood on Flickr

Both Fiji and Tonga are today starting to pick up the pieces after the category five Cyclone Winston hit on the weekend. It was the largest cyclone ever recorded to hit the islands. The death toll is currently at 21 , according to the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation. Reporter Matthew Karstunen was there when the cyclone hit and spoke to The Wire from the airport, where many Australians are waiting for flights to resume.

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