26 Oct 2006

Cyclone not expected to hit Vanuatu

9:53 am on 26 October 2006

Cyclone Xavier is not expected to hit Vanuatu, but warnings for ships are maintained and they should not go out to sea today.

The cyclone is about five-hundred kilometres northeast of Vanuatu's main island, Efate and is maintaining a south-eastward direction.

Winds at its epicentre are about ninety kilometres per hour and are expected to weaken further.

The Vanuatu met service's weather forecaster, David Gibson, says the sea is still very rough in all open waters and seamen are advised not to go out to sea.

"It loses its intensity and it may not affect any more islands of Vanuatu. We still maintain that the sea will be rough to very rough and vessels should not go out to sea until late tomorrow."

David Gibson

Meanwhile, the cyclone has affected Solomons Islands, but did reportedly not cause too much damage to the Tikopia island in the far south-east of the country.