Tropical Cyclone Cody is unlikely to affect the Cook Islands but a strong swell generated by the cyclone could bring storm surges and swells from the northeast. Pictured is chaotic scene at the Nikao seawall when Rarotonga was caught off guard by the tail end of ex-Tropical Cyclone Sarai on New Year’s Day, 2020. 20010319
A tropical cyclone that hit Fiji over the weekend and devastated parts of the country will not affect the Cook Islands, according to the Cook Islands Meteorological Service.
The category one cyclone named Cody hit Fiji on Sunday
around midday, causing widespread flooding and forcing 2000 people to flee
their homes and seek shelter across multiple evacuation points.
The cyclone left one person dead, after a 35-year-old
man from the western town of Tavua was swept away while trying to cross a
The Fiji Meteorological Service’s latest update on
their website has warned of strong winds and heavy rain with a flash flood
warning remaining in force for all low-lying and flash-flood prone areas on the
islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu as well as some outer islands.
The Cook Islands Meteorological Service says tracking
models show it is unlikely to affect the Cook Islands but a strong swell
generated by the cyclone could bring storm surges and swells from the northeast.
Cook Islands Meteorological Service director Arona
Ngari said: “Although Tropical Cyclone Cody is currently moving west-south-west,
it will tend to move south-eastwards in the next day or two.”
“There will be some storm surge for us in the next 3
to 5 days due to Cody’s trajectory to the south and maybe a concern for some,
especially on the western coasts of the islands,” Ngari said yesterday.
“This can also become a risk during high tides when
storm tides coincide with high tides. The communities are advised to be
vigilant in cases like this and just to be cautious of this event.”
By early tomorrow Tropical Cyclone Cody is expected to
move away from Fiji and head towards the southern islands of Vanuatu.
However, remnants of the cyclone could hit New Zealand
next week bringing flooding rains and damaging winds.
According to New Zealand’s weather website www.weatherwatch.co.nz
there is a 60 per cent chance that cyclone Cody could hit North Island beaches
in a week’s time.
The New Zealand MetService also confirmed that Tropical
Cyclone Cody could cause high waves and strong easterly winds.
“There is still a high amount of uncertainty
surrounding the impact that this system may have in a week’s time, but we are
monitoring it closely and will keep everyone updated,” MetService meteorologist
Dan Corrigan told Newshub.
For the Cook Islands this week, the weather is
expected to bring cloudy periods with moderate
north-easterly winds and seas with some showers and
Local residents in Rarotonga heading back to work yesterday
were met with rain and partly cloudy skies, with a high temperature of 27
degrees and a low of 23 degrees.
For the rest of the week, the Southern Cooks can
expect cloudy periods with brief showers.
The Northern Cooks can expect cloudy periods with some
showers and possible thunderstorms expected over the islands of Pukapuka and
Elsewhere around the Cook Islands will be fine apart
from brief showers, moderate north-easterly wind, and moderate seas.