23 Nov 2006

Cyclone Yani poses no immediate threat

10:27 am on 23 November 2006

A cyclone that has formed between Solomon Islands and Vanuatu poses no immediate threat to any islands of Vanuatu.

Cyclone Yani is about 400 kilometres north northwest of Torres Island and is slowly moving southwards, but is expected to turn south southwest.

Winds at its epicentre are up to one-hundred kilometres per hour, but might intensify.

The Vanuatu met service weather forecaster, William Worwor, says Yani is not predicted to hit Vanuatu.

"With the current track and speed of movement, we do not expect the cyclone to affect any of the islands of Vanuatu, not within the next twenty four to forty eight hours."

Mr Worwor says seas will be very rough and some moderate to heavy showers are expected over the northern and southern islands of Vanuatu.