26 Jan 2011

Cyclone Wilma passes Fiji

8:23 am on 26 January 2011

Wilma is heading southwest, with gale force winds affecting some parts of Fiji's Southern Lau group.

The Fiji Metservice says close to the centre of the cyclone, winds are estimated to be about 155 kilometres per hour with gusts of up to 220 kilometres per hour.

The Duty forecaster Amit Singh says the cyclone is about 490 kilometres south of Suva, and 305 kilometres southwest of Ono-i-lau.

"This is over sea now, the cyclone. And the extent of the gale or the storm or hurricane force winds don't go up to any island in Fiji. Only the gale wind is affecting some parts of the Southern Lau group."

Amit Singh says the winds are likely to ease today and by tomorrow the cyclone is expected to weaken.