The New Zealand Metereological service says it expects tropical Cyclone Jim to pass between New Caledonia and Vanuatu sometime tomorrow morning.
The cyclone is currently Category 2 and earlier today was situated in the Coral Sea about half way between Australia and New Caledonia.
The cyclone had winds of 60 knots at its centre, but is intensifying and could push up to Category 3.
The lead forecaster of the New Zealad Met service, Oliver Drees, says northern New Caledonia could start receiving heavy rains and strong winds after midnight tonight...
"New Caledonia's the only place that is currently threatened. But I think this cyclone's going to be around for quite a few more days. It's tracking slowly further east. It's moving east or east/northeast at the moment. It should pass between that gap between new Caledonia and Vanuatu that's got pretty much no land areas."
The lead forecaster of the New Zealad Met service, Oliver Drees