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Originally published Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 8:26 AM

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1 killed in Cyclone Oli in French Polynesia

An official in French Polynesia says swelling ocean waters driven by Cyclone Oli have left at least one person dead on the South Pacific archipelago.

The Associated Press

PAPEETE, Tahiti —

An official in French Polynesia says swelling ocean waters driven by Cyclone Oli have left at least one person dead on the South Pacific archipelago.

High Commissioner Eric Spitz says waters carried away the 40-year-old man as pounding rain and winds of up to 200 kilometers (120 miles) per hour lashed the Austral Islands, hundreds of kilomteres (miles) south of Tahiti.

Officials said late Thursday local time that the storm was moving faster but losing intensity as it headed southeast toward Tubuai. Waves six (20 feet) to eight meters (26 feet) high were anticipated.

Hundreds of homes have been damaged in the storm and more than 4,000 evacuated as a safety precaution in more populated areas.

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