1 Feb 2006

Cyclone Jim losing intensity and moving into open ocean

8:14 am on 1 February 2006

Cyclone Jim is now in open ocean and losing intensity after battering parts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

But, the lead forecaster at the Fiji Meteorological Service, Balbir Singh, is warning mariners that there are still high seas associated with the cyclone for at least 130 to 140 nautical miles of its centre.

He says it's currently located at 24.0 South and 171.4 East.

"It has an intensity of 60 knots close to the centre which is about 110 kilometres per hour. And, it's moving in a south-east direction at about 16 knots or 30 kilometres per hour, and it's weakening rapidly."