A windsurfer made the most of strong winds and high seas in Muri lagoon yesterday afternoon.
Authorities issued a “Wave Alert” warning earlier this week asking people to avoid beach and lagoon activities during key risk times especially at high tides.
Yesterday, large waves and strong wind conditions were
impacting the Southern Cook Islands as forecasted. Wave heights for southern
coastlines were expected to increase, peaking at around five metres and
forecast to persist throughout today. The strong winds were expected to begin
easing from yesterday afternoon.
Properties on the coastal south-eastern and southern
areas of Rarotonga had prepared in the event of wave runups and surges reaching
the top of the beach and beyond.
Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI) director John
Strickland said there had been “no significant” reports of damages to property.
The sea swells were high in Muri with waves crashing
on the sandy beach coastal areas and the sandbags at Avana harbour.
EMCI officials were on the road at key risk times
after midnight on Tuesday and Wednesday with the support of police.
“We would like to thank the police who were also out
on the road in the key areas, and the community for their cooperation to the
wave alert warnings,” Strickland said.
People in south-eastern coastal areas of Rarotonga between
Muri and Titikaveka have been asked to monitor conditions and keep a close eye
on all equipment on beaches and within the lagoon during the times of high tide
and be cautious of strong currents in the lagoon. Today’s high tide times are
1am to 3am and 1pm to 3pm.
EMCI will continue to monitor forecasts and conditions