The ninth tropical cyclone of the season was Paula . This system developed northwest of Christmas Island and moved in a generally westsouthwestward direction directly passing over Cocos Island. As it degenerated over the tropical waters of the central Indian Ocean Paula moved rapidly to the northwest.
From available surface reports it seems that gale force winds, very rough seas and heavy swells were generated in only a small radius about the centre of the cyclone.
For more details see the TC Paula Report (pdf).