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Severe Tropical Cyclone Jasmine Brushes New Caledonia

Severe Tropical Storm Jasmine. Image courtesy RSMC Nadi

Severe Tropical Cyclone Jasmine is currently brushing the island territory of New Caledonia, a French collectivity 1500km East of Bundaberg, Australia. The storm follows hot on the heels of Tropical Cyclone Cyril.

Jasmine is moving East-SouthEast at a rate of around 14 knots and winds nears the centre are estimated at about 90 knots, according to the Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre in Nadi. The storm has been located at 18.5S, 164.5E at 06:00 UTC on 7th February 2012. It is expected to continue moving in an ESE direction and to weaken over the next 36 hours with winds at the centre lowering to 65 knots by 9th February 2012.

The Fiji Meteorological Service estimates that there is a low probability of a new cyclone forming in the region but warns of flooding in low lying areas over the next 24 hours.

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