| International News | Saturday December 29 2012 19:32
Freshly formed Cyclone Freda has whipped roofs off houses and flattened trees in the Solomon Islands as it gathers strength on its way to New Caledonia.
There was also flooding from rising rivers as winds of up to 130 kilometres an hour blew in, but there were no reports of deaths or injuries.
Cyclone Freda is now a category two cyclone, and it is continuing to intensify and will be classed as a category three by midnight Saturday, with very destructive winds.
The storm is expected to be over New Caledonia on New Year's Day.
Earlier this month Cyclone Evan strengthened to a category four cyclone and left a swathe of devastation in its wake, destroying homes, flooding rivers and stranding thousands of tourists in Fiji.
Before arriving in Fiji, it pummelled neighbouring Samoa, killing at least five.
Photo: NZ Herald