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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 5) – Weather forecasters in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands are closely monitoring Cyclone Kerry, which has tropical cyclone has formed in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.

The Vanuatu Meteorological Service said the cyclone is expected to move southwest towards Vanuatu within the next 12 to 24 hours.

They said heavy rain, including squally thunderstorms are expected to hit the north of the Vanuatu island of Espiritu Santo overnight.

The forecasters have warned the people of Tikopia and Anuta islands in Temotu province to expect strong winds and the possibility of flooding in low-lying areas and damaging, heavy ocean swells.

Principal Meteorological Officer Fredie Fera says people there must take precautionary measures to avoid loss of life.

Meanwhile, a flash flood warning has been issued in Fiji for the northern and eastern parts of the country as a result of the storm.

The Nadi Weather office says residents living in low-lying areas should move to high ground.

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