TROPICAL CYCLONE DANI WEAKENS OVER ESPIRITU SANTO

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NADI, Fiji Islands (January 20, 1999 - Radio Australia)---Fiji's cyclone warning center reports that tropical cyclone Dani slowed considerably and weakened as it moved over Vanuatu's Espiritu Santo island.

Center spokesperson Rob Marsden said major flooding and crop damage was caused to parts of the island.

Meantime, the cyclone is still on a south to south-southeast course, with winds close to the center estimated at 65 knots.

The winds are expected to increase again to 75 knots in the next 12 hours.

The center has warned residents of Malekula, Aoba, Penticost, Ambry, Epi and other small islands in the area to expect very heavy rain and flooding, with seas ranging from very high to what it called "phenomenal."

Islands in the far north, including the Torres and Banks group of islands, will receive heavy rain and squally thunderstorms, the center forecasts.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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