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Tropical Cyclone Zena threatens Fiji following devastating effects of Winston

At least one person is dead and another is missing in Fiji in the wake of flooding brought on by Tropical Cyclone Zena.

The cyclone, which is the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane in the eastern Pacific or Atlantic basins, has maximum sustained winds of 90 knots (104 miles per hour).

Zena was moving over much of the same area that was inundated by Tropical Cyclone Winston in late February, the strongest ever to hit the island nation.

Fijians were under a nationwide curfew as of 6 p.m. local time Wednesday (2 a.m. EDT Wednesday), the government said on its Facebook page. All schools are also closed on Thursday.

The fatality and the missing person were reported in the western division of the island chain, the Fiji Times said. Thousands of other people were evacuated as a result of the cyclone.

Satellite imagery confirmed that Zena had strengthened markedly since Tuesday morning.

Deep convection, marked by heavy thunderstorms, rings the low-level center, stretching down stream to western Fiji.

Into Wednesday evening local time, the center of Zena will track south of Viti Levu, the main island of Fiji. Viti Levu, especially western areas, will be subject to torrential rain, AccuWeather meteorologists said.