Updated 11 March 2013, 11:25 AEST
Gale force winds and flooding rains are forecast for much of Solomon Islands as Cyclone Sandra hovers about 300 kilometres off Rennel Island.
The cyclone warning has now been extended to the northern islands of New Caledonia.
Winds are gusting up to 200 kilometres an hour from the Category Four storm.
Manoah Tepa, Principal Forecaster of the Solomon Islands Met Service, says the impact of Cyclone Sandra is expected to lessen over the next few days.
Speaker:Manoah Tepa, Principal Forecaster, Solomon Islands Met Service
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