Roofing in Omoka, Penrhyn were blown off yesterday morning in strong winds. SUPPLIED/23120531
Penrhyn Island executive officer Puna Vano remains disappointed at the lack of prior weather warning for the strong winds which damaged eight homes on the island.
The high winds on
early Tuesday morning, around 2am, caused roof damage and toppled breadfruit
expressed his concern about the absence of any warning from Emergency
Management Cook Islands (EMCI). He has yet to receive an explanation from John
Strickland, EMCI director.
Cook Islands News
also contacted EMCI, but no response has been received at the time of
Arona Ngari, Cook
Islands Meteorological Service director, yesterday clarified that early weather
warnings are issued through various media channels, including radio,
television, the website, Facebook, and email.
“The process is also conveyed to EMCI for their
distribution to others within their network. Communities are also encouraged to
inform the Met Office if they want to receive these directly to their emails,”
“The Strong Wind Warning issued on the day had all the
information needed to be conveyed to everyone.”
Vano proposed text messaging or
Facebook Messenger as easier communication methods. However, Ngari responded: “Text messaging is something that has been considered but
with a high cost associated with it. Messenger is currently used by the Met
Office and normally gets some shares from other agencies so as to become more
Ngari anticipates continued strong winds due to frontal systems and high
pressures to the south.
“It must be understood that the strong warning is not
associated with tropical cyclones as the criteria for such phenomena are not
met. Such parameters as a low-pressure system, warm sea surface temperatures
and light winds in the atmosphere, to name a few.”
He added that the
current strong wind warning will remain in effect until the weekend. Cloud
bands between the two Pa Enua will bring showers to the north, while
intermittent showers are expected in the south.
highlighted the seasonal nature of these weather systems and the recent
confirmation of El Niño, which increases the risk of tropical cyclones for
countries east of the dateline, including the Cook Islands and Tahiti.