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Cyclone June Lashes New Caledonia and New Zealand January 24, 2014
CIMSS Satellite Loop
Tropical storm-force Cyclone June can be seen clipping the northwestern tip of New Caledonia on Sunday.
Remnants of Cyclone June downed trees and knocked out power across parts of New Zealand’s North Island after earlier drenching the French overseas territory of New Caledonia.

June formed around the Solomon Islands, then intensified to tropical storm force while passing southward over the Coral Sea.

New Caledonia had been placed on cyclone alert as the storm neared, but it received only a glancing blow as the center of the relatively weak storm briefly clipped the northwestern tip of the island.

The cyclone later drenched Australia’s remote Norfolk Island and quickly weakened as it encountered cooler waters to the south.

But its non-tropical remnants were still powerful enough to lash northern New Zealand on Tuesday with isolated squalls that brought gale-force winds.

The New Zealand Transport Agency said strong southwesterly winds in the Auckland region had made driving conditions difficult, with gusts of up to 50 mph on the city’s Harbour Bridge.

Cyclone June Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS