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February 06, 2010

Tropical Strom Oli in the South Pacific

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February 3, 2010 - We would like to inform you that tropical Storm "Oli" is currently heading towards French Polynesia.

The office of the High-Commissioner has upgraded the alert status to the red level for the Leeward Islands (Bora Bora, Maupiti, Taha'a, Raiatea, Huahine, Tupai), as tropical storm "Oli" has come closer to the archipelago.

Currently, the orange alert level is maintained for the rest of the Society Islands (Tahiti and Moorea), the Tuamotu Atolls and the Austral Islands. However, it is expected to rise to the red level in the coming hours for the islands of Tahiti and Moorea.

As a result, all traffic is stopped and all airports are closed. In addition, all maritime traffic has been halted until further notice.

Please note that the hotels have taken measures to protect their guests and have been sending out individual updates.

We will keep you informed as we receive information.

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February 4, 2010 - We would like to follow up on our Special Update sent out yesterday afternoon in regards to the Tropical Cyclone "Oli." We received information from NASA this morning, which we have included below.

As of 03:00 UTC (7:00 PM PST and 5:00 PM Tahiti time) on February 3, "Oli" was about 250 nautical miles WSW of Bora Bora. It then moved southeast by about 100 nautical miles, placing its center southeast of the main island of Tahiti. The tropical cyclone has now completely passed through the Society Islands including Tahiti and Moorea; the heaviest rains and strongest winds have passed.

The airports in the Society Islands are all still closed.

We have not yet received information in regards to damages that may have been caused throughout the Society Islands due to the high wind levels and rain, however we will be keeping our partners updated as we receive more information.

The office of the High Commissioner has upgraded the alert status to the red level for the southernmost Austral Islands of French Polynesia including Rurutu, Tubuai, Raivavae, Rapa and Maria. You can access a forecast for the system on the CIMSS (Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies) by clicking here.

You can also find up-to-date information on the High Commissioner's website, however it is all in French.

We will keep you informed as we receive information.

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February 4 - Here is the latest news that I received from our office in Papeete less than an hour ago regarding the Cyclone Oli.

Tahiti and the Leeward Islands are still in a red alert level, meaning everyone must stay at home. Uncertain if the weather alert warning will drop to orange level by noon or this evening. The cyclone is reported going south towards Rurutu. The wind is weakening in Tahiti and the Leeward Islands but still strong and up to 100-150 km per hour. At present, rough waters at sea. Information provided to me from Tahiti Tourisme North America mentions that NASA is reporting that the cyclone is veering away from Tahiti.

Regarding the Pearl Resorts, everyone is safe and there has been no damage to report. The hotel staff is taking good care of all guests and accommodating their individual needs as best as possible.

There is still no flights between the islands as the Air Tahiti fleet has been sent to the Marquesas.

We do hope that normal operations will resume by tomorrow.

For More Informatin About A Vacation In French Polynesia Contact Cruising2Tahiti.com at #1-800-738-8837 or visit www.Cruising2Tahiti.com!

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Posted by Denise at February 6, 2010 01:42 PM
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