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Cyclone slow moving

Monday January 06, 2014 Written by Matariki Wilson Published in Weather
A satellite image of Cyclone Ian. 14011049 A satellite image of Cyclone Ian. 14011049 PHOTO TONGA MET SERVICE

While Cyclone Ian is still slow moving, north west of Tonga, the community is still being urged not to be complacent and always be prepared for any natural disasters.

At 2pm yesterday, cyclone Ian was 240 nautical miles north west of Tonga moving in a west north west direction at 2 knots.

Maximum winds near the centre of the cyclone are 35knots, set to increase to 40knots early this morning.

Director of the Cook Islands Meteorological Services Arona Ngari says he predicts the closest the storm will get the Cooks will be 1000km to the south west.

He says that while winds and cloud from the storm will not affect the group, the Arorangi and Titikaveka areas can expect heavy sea surges generated by the cyclone. This is a great time to be prepared for a natural disaster so don’t leave it till a storm hits.

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