Video shows Tropical Cyclone Yasa approaching Fiji as it declares state of natural disaster

Cyclone Yasa, a top category five storm, is expected to bring winds of up to 250 km per hour (155 miles per hour) and torrential rain across the South Pacific archipelago when it makes landfall overnight.

Still a few hours out from the worst weather, Fiji's Meteorological Service said storm force winds and heavy rains have been recorded in some parts of the country already.

Reinforcing the threat, Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama told the country's near 1 million population to find safe shelter ahead of a 14-hour nationwide curfew beginning 4 p.m. (0400 GMT)