15 May 2017

Cyclone Ella passes Rotuma and weakens

4:18 am on 15 May 2017
Ella forecast to remain tropical low

Ella forecast to remain tropical low Photo: RSMC Nadi Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Tropical Cyclone Ella has passed Fiji's Rotuma island and weakened to a tropical low.

The system crossed Fiji's northernmost island with gales during the night and is moving west while weakening.

At midnight it was forecast to be about 90 kilometres west northwest of Rotuma.

The cyclone, which had formed south of Samoa, mostly affected the French island of Futuna whose residents were under curfew for two days.

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