French Polynesia (France)

APCEDI Alert SP/CI 12P Oli #5-2010: Cyclone Oli undergoes rapid intensification to Category 4; Causes widespread damage in French Polynesia

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The RSMC-Nadi Tropical Cyclone Centre, and the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre and Meteo France are issuing guidance on Cyclone Oli, a strong tropical cyclone that is moving through French Polynesia.

Cyclone Oli is currently south of Leeward Islands (=CEles Sous-le-vent) moving toward the Australes Group. The centre of Cyclone Oli is located approximately 300 kms southwest of Tahiti or 380 km north of Rurutu and is moving southeast at 9 knots. Cyclone Oli underwent very rapid intensification from Category 1- to Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale overnight, which was not predicted. Maximum sustained winds are now 115 kts making it a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Cyclone Oli should peak as a Category 4 system, and then begin to gradually weaken as it moves out to sea.

The French High Commission (Le haut-commissaire de la République en Polynésie française) has a raised a Red Alert (L'Alerte Cyclonique Rouge) for the Windward Islands (=CEles du Vent) including Tahiti, Moorea, Maiao, Mehetia and l'atoll de Tetiaroa.

The French High Commission (Le haut-commissaire de la République en Polynésie française) has a also raised a Red Alert (L'Alerte Cyclonique Rouge) for the Australes Group. At particular risk are the islands of Rurutu (population 2200), Tubuai (population 2,200) Raivavae (population 900) and Rapa (population 500).

An Orange Alert (L'Alerte Cyclonique Orange) is in place for the Leeward Islands (=CEles Sous-le-vent) and the Tuamotu Groups.