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Norfolk Island spared cyclone's wrath

Updated January 17, 2011 20:58:00

Norfolk Island has been spared the full force of Tropical Cyclone Zelia, which is now moving to the east of the island.

Earlier, it was predicted to move directly across the island but it is currently about 60 kilometres to the north-east and is rapidly moving further off shore.

The weather bureau says it has been downgraded to a category two cyclone and is unlikely to cause any significant damage.

The bureau says winds could reach gale force in the next few hours and seas could rise up to seven metres.

The Government says it is monitoring the cyclone.

A spokeswoman for the Minister for Local Government, Simon Crean, says Norfolk Island has enacted its emergency management plan.

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First posted January 17, 2011 18:23:00

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