10 Mar 2003

Storm brewing near Solomons

5:06 pm on 10 March 2003

Rennell and Bellona in Solomon Islands, which were hit by Cyclone Beni earlier this year, are in the likely path of a tropical low, which is expected to intensify.

The Tropical Warning Centre in Brisbane says the low, called Erica, is in the northern part of the Coral Sea is moving south east and is expected to gain in strength over the next 24 hours.

The Centre says this could mean winds of up to 40 knots.