First cyclone of season forms near Tahiti
20 January, 2015
Fiji's Meteorological Service says a category 1 tropical cyclone has developed 340 kilometres
north northwest of Tahiti.
The acting director Aminiasi Tuidraki says the system is moving in a south south-easterly
direction across French Polynesia at a speed of 20 kilometres per hour and is intensifying.
He says sustained winds of 65 kilometres per hour are expected near the centre of the
cyclone, increasing to 85 kilometres per hour over the next 24 hours.
He says Cyclone Niko is the first of the season and while it may be upgraded to a category 2
it is likely to dissipate as it moves over cooler seas.
“There's a little bit of cooling in the ocean temperature. So maybe that's affecting the delay
of the onset of the tropical cyclone season. Now we are going into the third week of January
and this is our first cyclone to be forming around this big Pacific Ocean," said Tuidrak