New Caledonia Lifts Cyclone Warning As Ula Passes

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Minimal damage reported from Vanuatu as well

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 11, 2016) – New Caledonia has lifted its cyclone warning for the country as Cyclone Ula weakens on its southward track.

Meteorological authorities in the territory have warned of three metre high swells for the islands of Mare and Isle des Pins.

Ula was downgraded to a category three storm yesterday afternoon after leaving minimal damage on Vanuatu's southern group.

[PIR editor’s note: On Jan. 11, 2016 RNZI reported that ‘The National Disaster Management Office in Vanuatu says no assistance is needed for the Tafea Province at this stage after Cyclone Ula moved to the south of the group. ... Ula strengthened to a category four cyclone as it tracked towards the province over the weekend but preliminary reports indicate minimal damage was caused as it moved away.’]

Meanwhile strong wind warnings are in force for the northern Cook Islands due to a tropical disturbance in the area.

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