- At least 28 killed in cyclone that struck Fiji on Saturday
- Cayla and her family barricaded themselves in a cupboard with a mattress for hours
- Their house's brick cement walls collapsed and the roof ripped off
(CNN)As the winds howled, ripping off roofs and uprooting trees, Cayla Tikaram hid in a cupboard with her family.
"It was really nice to talk to people who weren't in the middle of the cyclone," Cayla said. "My friends were saying 'It's alright, keep going.' Also with the intermittent access you didn't hear anything for hours. These were friends outside of Fiji, in New Zealand, the States, Australia. I don't think anyone in Fiji had power."