17 Jan 2014

Cyclone June heading for New Caledonia

6:46 pm on 17 January 2014

The tropical depression heading for New Caledonia has been named Cyclone June.

The New Zealand Meteorological Service says the storm is 400 kilometres north-west of the French territory and the strongest winds are expected to hit the northern part of the main island on Saturday morning.

The New Caledonian public have been advised to restrict their movement and not to go to sea.

In December 2012 New Caledonia was hit by destructive rainfall when the aftermath of Cyclone Freda crossed the territory's north after hitting Solomon Islands.