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Tropical Depression Near Fiji Heading For Samoa
‘High potential’ to become a tropical cyclone

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 11, 2012) – A tropical depression near Fiji looks likely to turn into the first cyclone of the season.

The depression is close to Fiji’s north-east, where it is causing heavy rain in Vanua Levu, Taveuni and northern Lau.

A strong wind warning remains in force for Kadavu and Vatu-i-Ra passages, Koro Sea, Southern Lau Waters and is now in force for Northern Vanua Levu and Northern Lau waters.

The New Zealand metservice says the depression has started moving east, and indications are that it will continue moving over Wallis and Futuna and towards Samoa.

It says the depression has a high potential to become a tropical cyclone and should impact Samoa in the next 18 to 36 hours.

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