WEATHER WATCH CONTINUES IN SOLOMONS, STRONG WIND WARNINGS FOR PNG

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (January 3, 2002 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---The tropical depression threatening the Solomon Islands is still located around the islands of Temotu province.

This morning, it was about 100 miles east of Duff Island and 90 miles north-northwest of Anuta Island.

The meteorological service in Honiara said the system had not moved very far during the past 18 hours, but is expected to move slowly towards the south.

It said the system may intensify over the next 36 to 48 hours.

It said a tropical disturbance watch advice is still in force for the Malaita outer islands, Rennell-Bellona, Makira and Temotu.

Meanwhile, strong wind warnings for all Papua New Guinea waters remain, the Post-Courier reported.

The manager of the PNG National Weather Service, Samuel Maiha, said that people venturing out to sea had to take care because of the tropical depression currently over the Solomon Islands.

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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