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25 February 2021
Saturday 20 February 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Weather
Attempting to drive through a flooded compound in Avatiu yesterday. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU / 21021917
As of 8am Thursday to 8am yesterday, rainfall recorded in Rarotonga amounted to 53.3 millimetres with a maximum hourly downpour of 11.5mm at 7pm on Thursday night.
Weather office director Arona Ngari says the
trough that this rain came from is slowly moving towards the east of Rarotonga
and the southern Cook Islands.
The rainy spell this week has brought in the
much-needed rain for Rarotonga “as can be sighted from the few stream banks
that has been broken in the last 12 to 24 hours”, Ngari said yesterday.
With a monthly average of 200mm, the rainfall
collected in the last 24 hours (from 8am yesterday) was more than 25 per cent
of this average, he said.
“This is certainly good news for Rarotonga but
even the better news is that the rainclouds are moving away from us and as of
late (this) morning, we should be able to see the sun again.”
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