A national command and coordination centre was set up at the Cook Islands Police headquarters on Rarotonga yesterday following a tsunami warning for the islands of Rarotonga, Penrhyn and Pukapuka.
Weather experts around the world are baffled by three cyclones simultaneously looming over the Pacific, and forecasters at home say the change in weather patterns could be a bad sign for the Cook Islands.
Disgruntled Rarotonga residents have hit out strongly at the Cook Islands Meteorological Service for the lack of warning about the bad weather which hit Rarotonga on Monday and Tuesday.
The Cook Islands Meteorological Service is predicting temperatures to rise gradually over coming weeks as Rarotonga continues to experience warm days and cold nights.
The Cook Islands Meteorological Service director Arona Ngari took part in the third meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council which started in Nuku’alofa, Tonga this week.
While many are still sceptical of climate change, it is undeniable that something in the air, and in the ocean, is changing in the Cook Islands.