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Cyclone Zelia Churns South Seas January 21, 2011
At its peak intensity on Sunday, Cyclone Zelia can be seen nudging away the remnants of former Cyclone Vania while moving southeastward off New Caledonia.
Cyclone Zelia formed over the Coral Sea off Australia’s Queensland coast, then quickly intensified to a Category 2 storm.

After passing just to the west of New Caledonia and skirting Australia’s remote Norfolk Island, remnants of Zelia drenched a wide swath of New Zealand.

The rainfall was intensified by the merging of moisture and circulation of Cyclone Zelia and that of Cyclone Vania, which lashed Vanuatu and New Caledonia during the previous week.

But there were no reports of significant damage or flooding due to the combined force of the storms over New Zealand.

Cyclone Zelia Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS