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Cyclone Jasper Douses New Caledonia March 27, 2009
Cyclone Jasper can be seen shearing apart off New Caledonia's southern coast.
Heavy rains generated by Cyclone Jasper cut off roads linking the north and south of New Caledonia’s main island.

The French South Pacific territory had already experienced days of inclement conditions before heavy rainfall from a dissipating Jasper arrived on Tuesday.

Flooding and slides forced the evacuation of about 25 tribal families living in the remote northern tip of the main island.

Jasper initially formed over the eastern Coral Sea, attaining only tropical storm force as it moved southwestward toward New Caledonia.

It began to shear apart while brushing the island’s southern coast.

Cyclone Jasper Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS