However, this does not mean the country is safe from this new storm brewing in the South Pacific.
Director Met Services Arona Ngari said that if the tropical cyclone continues to be around the tropical waters and moves eastwards, then “it will be a great concern” for the Cook Islands.
“TC Uesi might be too far to affect us but if it continues to hang around the tropical waters and move eastwards, then it might be a concern. The Met Service will monitor this tropical cyclone and will advise the community if it becomes a threat to us,” Ngari said.
He said February has always been the active month for cyclones in the Cook Islands where a number of storms can affect the country. Six cyclones affected the Cook Islands in 2005.
Ngari said the community had been advised to be vigilant in their preparation for cyclones.
“Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that this is not the case for this season.”
Ngari added that the Met Office will advise of any severe weather that could be a threat during these months.
According to the New Zealand Meteorological Service, the Tropical Cyclone Uesi was upgraded to a category three yesterday. It is closely being monitored by the Fiji Meteorological Services.
Fiji Met Office states TC Uesi would track south and then weaken. The cyclone was expected to pass close to New Caledonia last night.
The Service says its current route should take it in a south-westerly direction towards the coasts of both New South Wales and Queensland and could enter Australian waters as early as Thursday