Tropical Cyclone Victor Maintains Strength As It Moves WSW

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

Storm moving between Cook Islands and Niue

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 20, 2016) – Tropical cyclone Victor has maintained its category-three strength and a tropical cyclone alert, and gale wind warning is in force for Niue.

The system, which has sustained winds of 140 kilometres an hour at its centre, has moved south between Niue and the Cook Islands and is now moving west-southwest.

On its current trajectory, the cyclone is expected to pass about 310 kilometers south-southeast of Niue and be within about 400 kilometres of Tonga's main island by Friday.

Damaging winds may begin several hours before the cyclone centre passes nearby.

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