At Least 8 Killed By Powerful Cyclone Pam. The Category Five storm blew the roofs off houses, uprooted trees and cut communication lines as it struck the South Pacific. Powerful winds from Cyclone Pam have caused widespread destruction in the Vanuatu islands, killing at least eight people, aid officials have said. Unconfirmed reports say dozens more people are feared dead. The Category Fire storm struck the South Pacific archipelago with winds of up to 167mph, threatening more than 267,000 residents. The storm blew roofs off houses, uprooted trees and downed power lines. Officials in the capital Port Vila say there is no power or running water.