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There’s a lot of skill required when it comes to knowing how to trim and top trees without severely damaging them, especially in preparation for adverse weather events like tropical cyclones and storms. And the best people on Rarotonga at getting that job done are Baker Tree Services. The trees at the Social Centre got a much needed trim over the past few days to prevent them from toppling during adverse weather and to keep people safe. November to March is traditionally cyclone season in Cook Islands, even though Rarotonga has escaped relatively unscathed in 2019/20. Photo: Katrina Tanirau.

No threat from TC Uesi yet

Tuesday February 11, 2020

Tropical Cyclone Uesi “is too far to affect the Cook Islands”, says the Cook Islands Meteorological Services.

School is cancelled on Rarotonga today as tropical disturbance TD08F hits the island. The seawall road, too, has been closed as big waves smash over the top.

Cyclone threat to Cook Islands

Monday February 17, 2020

With another tropical cyclone brewing in the South Pacific, bringing heavy rain, huge swells and high winds, Cook Islands residents are told to be prepared. 

Tropical Cyclone Vicky is brewing 400 miles to the southwest of Nassau and moving southeast at 12 knots, meaning Rarotonga can expect more rain for the next seven days.

Pacific meteorologists are being criticised for “over-forecasting” the last two tropical cyclones, Vicky and Wasi.

Locals are planning a regular Full Moon Swim, beginning tonight for women to celebrate the unique role they play – and for men to celebrate the women in their lives.

Children evacuated for an eight time, but Tupapa childcare centre’s pleas fall on deaf ears. 

Weather Office monitors TC Harold

Thursday April 09, 2020

The Cook Islands Meteorological Service will continue to monitor Tropical Cyclone Harold, even though there is no warning at this stage.

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