27 Dec 2002

Cyclone Zoe moving steadily towards Vanuatu

11:44 am on 27 December 2002

A storm which buffeted southern Tuvalu over the Christmas period has developed into an intensifying tropical cyclone code-named Zoe.

Reports place the cyclone at 10 point 9 degrees south, 173 point 2 degrees east moving westwards at about 8 knots.

The cyclone, which is intensifying and could affect Northern Vanuatu some time tomorrow, has winds near the centre estimated at 60 knots and increasing.