‘Don’t worry, be happy’ is weatherman’s advice

Wednesday April 12, 2017 Written by Published in Weather
The track map for TC Cook as of 2pm yesterday (CI time). 17041106 The track map for TC Cook as of 2pm yesterday (CI time). 17041106

“Don’t worry, be happy.”


That’s the message from the Cook Islands Meteorological Services which says the Cook Islands is safe from Tropical Cyclone Cook.

The category three cyclone which was yesterday on its way to New Zealand from New Caledonia after battering the French territory with some torrential rain and wind.

Cook Islands Meteorological Services director Arona Ngari said they were keeping a close eye on the cyclone and its movement.

“Cook Islands is too far east of the tropical cyclone which is moving southerly and is losing strength. No threat to the Cook Islands,” Ngari said.

“The Met Service will update the public on a regular basis should there be any change.”

Cook developed into a tropical cyclone while crossing the islands of southern Vanuatu on Saturday.

Trees were downed and the power was knocked out for parts of the nation’s capital of Port Vila, according to ABC Australia

Reuters reported at least four were injured and 20,000 homes without power in the wake of Cyclone Cook making landfall in New Caledonia on Monday.

Yesterday, the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand was bracing for an event on the same scale as Cyclone Debbie, which flooded the town of Edgecumbe last week.

The region went into a state of emergency on Monday night in preparation for Cyclone Cook hitting, advising 57 schools in the region to close and pumping as much water out of already-flooded areas as possible.

Up to 250mm of rainfall is expected to hit from midday yesterday through Friday.

Cyclone Cook, arriving Bay of Plenty today (CI time), is expected to bring gale force winds and even more rainfall. Its path was not yet certain but it was likely to hit parts of the Bay of Plenty and Auckland region.

“If we get Cyclone Cook hitting the Bay of Plenty it could be quite devastating,” New Zealand’s MetService meteorologist William Nepe told Stuff.

Noll said the tropical cyclone would dissipate over the Tasman Sea before intensifying

Meanwhile, Ngari is predicting a fine weather in Rarotonga later this week “apart from some cloudy periods with some showers, heavy at times.

“If in doubt, listen to the radio or call us on 20603 or 25920 and check us on facebook/cookislandsmeteorologicalservice for more information.”

            - Rashneel Kumar/Stuff



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