2 Feb 2015

Cyclone Ola near New Caledonia weakens

11:21 am on 2 February 2015

Tropical Cyclone Ola near New Caledonia is weakening as it moves south.

The New Zealand Met Sevice says at seven o'clock this morning New Zealand time the category three cyclone was located about 300 kilometres west of Koumac in New Caledonia.

The Metservice says Ola is moving south at 15 kilometres an hour and weakening slowly.

Winds of 150 kilometres per hour close to the cyclone's centre are expected to ease to 120 kilometres an hour by Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, a heavy rain notice is still in force for Samoa.

There is flooding in low lying areas as well as landslides.

A warning is also out for fishing boats but the interisland ferry is still operating.