Tropical cyclone warning cancelled

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Tropical cyclone warning previously issued for Rennell and Bellona and Southern Waters of Makira and Temotu provinces is now cancelled.

Solomon Islands Meteorological Service (SIMS) says in an issued statement this afternoon.

“At 11:00 am this morning, tropical cyclone Lucas (category two) with a central pressure of 985 hectopascals was re-located near 17.2 degrees latitude south and 166.8 degrees longitude east. this is located approximately 402 nautical miles (745 kilometres) southeast of Rennell island.

“Cyclone Lucas is moving southeast at 13 knots towards New Caledonia, further away from Solomon Islands.

“Winds over 33 knots (61 kilometres per hour) are no longer expected over waters of Rennell & Bellona and Southern Waters of Makira and Temotu.

“However, strong winds of 25 to 30 knots still remain for temotu waters with rough seas and moderate swells, but slowly decreasing.

“Expect winds reaching 20 to 25 knots for most waters with moderate to rough seas and moderate swells. “Rain showers, heavy at times with thunderstorms still remain for all provinces,” the weather office says.

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