The Fijian government declared a nationwide curfew starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday. It also announced a 30-day state of natural disaster for the entire island nation.
Sustained winds reached speeds of 140 miles per hour, with gusts clocking in at more than 200 miles per hour, according to the United Nations.
As The Associated Press reports, Fiji's capital Suva, which is "located in the southern part of the main island, was experiencing high winds but was not directly in the cyclone's path. The popular tourist resorts in Viti Levu's west, however, were closer to the cyclone's center."
The extent of the damage across the country was not immediately clear.
And as it began, Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama released a statement urging citizens to prepare for the "assault." He says: "I am especially concerned that some people in urban areas in particular do not appear to have heeded the warnings about the seriousness of the threat we all face." He urged people to stay indoors.
A storm like this is rare in Fiji. Meteorologist Jonathan Erdman told The Weather Channel that "according to NOAA's Historical Hurricane Tracks database, only 12 tropical cyclones of at least Category 1 equivalent intensity have tracked within 100 miles of Fiji's capital and largest city, Suva, since 1972."
Take a look at this video gathered from around the country by Fiji Broadcasting Corporation's Jacquee Speight: