Tropical Cyclone Oli, now strengthening over the open South Pacific Ocean, could pose a threat to Tahiti and nearby islands of French Polynesia late in the week.

T.C. Oli, which formed east of the Samoa Islands on Sunday night, EST, acquired highest sustained winds of just over 60 mph as of early Tuesday morning. Oli will strengthen further through at least Wednesday as it tracks towards the southeast and the east over open seas.

Oli will become a hurricane by midweek. It would still be known as tropical cyclone, however.

Were Oli to take a more easterly path than now forecast, it could directly affect Bora Bora, Tahiti and other nearby islands with damaging winds and torrential rain.

By AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews.