Tropical Cyclone Evan has ripped Fiji, leaving a trail of destruction.
Evan, which smashed homes, flattened trees and triggered flooding, was called the worst cyclone to strike Fiji in 20 years, the Australian ABC News website said.
Thousands of people had fled ahead of the storm, which last week left a trail of destruction in Samoa.
The powerful storm's eye clipped the western shore of Viti Levu, the "big island" of Fiji and home to Nadi. The nation's biggest airport, located at Nadi, registered hurricane gusts for at least six hours; one gust reached 104 mph.
The eye of Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Even looms off the Nadi and the northwest shore of Viti Levu, Fiji, as of 4:20 p.m., local time, Dec. 17, 2012. (Fiji Meteorological Service)
Monday afternoon, local time (early Monday morning, Eastern Time), the eye of Evan was pinpointed less than 20 miles from Nadi, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said. Highest sustained winds were estimated to be 115 knots, or above 130 mph, high enough to be ranked a Category 4 hurricane.
By Monday night, the storm had tracked southward, taking the worst of its destructive winds away from Fiji.
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The coldest air of the season so far and some snow will pour into the northwestern United States by early next week.
Arctic air settling over Germany may prompt children to leave their shoes for St. Nicholas indoors instead of outside before going to bed on Monday night.
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As colder air sweeps into the northeastern United States, temperatures will settle to seasonable levels with lake-effect snow showers continuing into Saturday night.
Thousands of firefighters from across the country answered the call to help save the South, not just on the front lines but also back in camps supporting those out among the flames.