Tropical Cyclone Ella which formed just southwest of Samoa on Monday, upgrading from a tropical disturbance, was moving towards Fiji yesterday.
At around midday yesterday, the Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre for tropical cyclones based in Nadi, Fiji, said TC Ella was moving slowly at 10 kilometres per hour.
Cook Islands Meteorological Service director Arona Ngari said the emerging cyclone would not affect the country.
But a strong wind warning remains in force for southern Cooks water and land areas.
Ngari, who is in Fiji for the weather directors meeting, said TC Ella is expected to continue in its westward direction and would affect north of Tonga and maybe Fiji in a few days’ time.
“TC Ella is slowly moving westwards and slowly intensifying with 40-knot winds close to centre,” Ngari told CI News yesterday.
“At this instance, TC Ella does not pose a threat to the Cook Islands. Cook Islands Meteorological Service will continue monitoring this cyclone and will bring to the community updates of its progress and status on a regular basis.”
Last week, New Caledonia escaped the brunt of Cyclone Donna which battered Vanuatu in its trail.
The cyclone which intensified to category five became the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded during the month of May in the southern hemisphere.
According to reports, TC Donna’s winds reached 215 kilometres an hour with gusts of up to 260km/hour at its strongest.
Cook Islands did not suffer any direct effect of TC Donna but Rarotonga experienced a generally wet weekend due to the low pressure system hovering the island.
According to the weather bulletin released midday yesterday, a trough of low pressure with associated cloud and showers remains slow moving just north of over southern Cooks and over the northern Cooks.
For Rarotonga, fine weather is expected with brief showers while for northern Cooks, some showers and few thunderstorms over Penryn with isolated heavy falls are expected this week.