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Cyclone alert lifted in New Caledonia's northern province

Sunday January 19, 2014 - 15:59 EDT
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The New Caledonian capital, Noumea, is beginning to feel the effects of Tropical Cyclone June. - ABC licensed

An alert in parts of New Caledonia has been lifted, with Cyclone June downgraded to a Tropical Depression as it continues to weaken.

However President Harold Martin has urged his people to remain vigilant as the storm could still widen, and it's estimated to be tracking within 150 kilometres of the capital, Noumea.

More heavy rain, coupled with a risk of strong westerly winds, is expected to affect the French territory until Sunday evening.

Duty forecaster at the Fiji Meteorological Service in Nadi, Terry Atalifo, says the windspeed near the centre of the cyclone is estimated to be around 75 kilometres per hour.

The northern region of New Caledonia has not reported any damage despite facing strong winds earlier.

"We haven't received any reports in terms of casualties," Mr Atalifo said.

"However, we have seen that... in terms of observations, they've recorded some very strong winds but they did not report any gale force winds so far in any of the stations in New Caledonia."

Mr Atalifo cautions residents of New Caledonia to take heed of the latest warnings and take precautions as the cyclone "is still within the vicinity".

Tropical Depression June, as it will then be known, is predicted to reach Norfolk Island on Monday morning.


- ABC

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