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Cyclone Vania Strikes South Seas Islands January 14, 2011
Cyclone Vania can be seen strengthening over Vanuatu's southernmost islands on Thursday.
The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu was battered by high winds and heavy rain from developing Tropical Cyclone Vania.

Residents on the archipelago’s southern islands of Erromango, Aniwa and Tanna reported downed trees and some structural damage after Vania passed late Thursday.

The New Zealand yacht Blue Gold was blown ashore in the harbor of Vanuatu’s capital city of Port Vila by storm-force winds associated with Vania.

On Friday, residents of New Caledonia were on alert as the storm had strengthened to Category 1 force and was taking aim on the French overseas territory’s capital of Noumea.

All businesses and schools there had been ordered to stay closed, and people were urged to remain indoors and avoid coastal areas that may be affected by storm surge.

Cyclone Vania Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS