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Cook Islanders have been warned to brace themselves for a “worst case scenario” as a tropical depression moving towards Rarotonga is expected to turn into a tropical cyclone by later today.
As the country heads towards the cyclone-prone month of February, the Cook Islands Meteorological Service is assuring the public that they have the systems in place to fully monitor adverse weather conditions.
The weather has been wet lately, but the weather experts are still sticking to their prediction that Rarotonga and other parts of the southern Cook Islands will experience below normal rainfall over the next few months.
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.