Cyclone no danger to us

Monday March 12, 2018 Written by Published in Weather

Apart from some storm surges (high waves) towards the middle of next week, the Cook Islands will not face any danger from Tropical Cyclone Hola.

 

The category two cyclone was 150 miles northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia at midday yesterday. It is moving towards New Zealand.

However, Cook Islands Meteorological Service director Arona Ngari is asking people to be cautious of the minor weather change resulting from the cyclone.

“We are looking at some wave surges and flooding in the low-lying areas. This will be from the small storm surges we are predicting for the Cook Islands around midday next week,” Ngari said.

“Apart from the odd showers, there is nothing major in the forecast for the Cook Islands but it will pay to keep an eye on the system and be vigilant at all times.”

TC Hola is the third cyclone to strike the region after TC Fehi and the devastating TC Gita last month.

TC Hola made landfall in Vanuatu earlier this week causing some damage on the islands of Malekula, Ambrym and Ambae.

Ngari said if the cyclone maintains in its predicted course, it may hit New Zealand by Monday (CI time).

            - Rashneel Kumar

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