Powerful Category 5 Cyclone Yasa slammed Fiji Thursday evening local time (Thursday morning GMT) with “more or less the entire country” in its path, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said in a video posted on Facebook. Bainimarama said Yasa would “easily surpass” the intensity of Cyclone Winston, the southern hemisphere’s most intense cyclonic storm on record that killed more than 40 Fijians and left tens of thousands homeless in 2016. (Reuters, Washington Post $, The New Humanitarian, Yale Climate Connections, Al Jazeera; Climate Signals background: Intense cyclone frequency increase)