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Most businesses located near the Avatiu roundabout were closed for business yesterday after flash flooding on Monday night left their properties with covered with mud and debris.
The sea surface temperature recently recorded in the northern group waters is ideal to trigger a cyclone in the remainder of the 2017/18 cyclone season which ends next month.
Despite a low turnout at its open day last week, the Cook Islands Meteorological Service says it achieved its goal of increasing public awareness of its work.
The Cook Islands Meteorological Service will open its doors to the public today to commemorate this year’s World Meteorological Day.
Big swells and continual rain and cloud over the weekend made for miserable conditions over the weekend. On Friday, most of the action centred around the port, where the order was made to boat owners to get their vessels out of the water or out of the harbour by 5pm.
Sea swells could force the closure of Avatiu Harbour this week, raising questions about the fate of the Tiare Taporo, which remains moored at the wharf despite promises from its owners that it would be back in service early this year.
Despite the presence of two tropical depressions in the Southwest Pacific this week, the Cook Islands are not at risk from a cyclone, says the Met Office.