25 Mar 2009

New Caledonia affected by tropical cylone Jasper winds

9:21 am on 25 March 2009

The French authorities in New Caledonia has posted an "orange" alert in response to a tropical cyclone, which formed in the Coral Sea yesterday.

The alert has been placed on the Northern part of the main island.

The Fiji Met service says tropical cyclone Jasper is a category two cyclone, with winds of upto 100 kilometres per hour close to the centre.

The lead forecaster at the service, Asha Fernandes, says the cyclone is taking a southerly track and gradually slowing down.

"At the moment, we have gale force winds that are affecting New Caledonia but we have not received confirmed reports from them or any calls from the met office there stating if there is any devastation or any destruction caused by the winds."

The lead forecaster at the service, Asha Fernandes.