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Met service keeping close watch on Cyclone Zazu

Tuesday 15 December 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Weather

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Met service keeping close watch on Cyclone Zazu
Multiple storms have gathered in the Pacific, with Cyclone Yasa expected to hit the island of Fiji on Wednesday. PHOTO: Fiji Met Service

Rarotonga could feel some effects of Tropical Cyclone Zazu on Wednesday morning, according to Cook Islands Meteorological Service.

On Monday Weather director Arona Ngari said Tropical Cyclone Zazu was over Tonga and slowly moving eastwards. The cyclone tended to move to the southeast due to the northwest upper winds steering it towards the southeast, he said.

Although the movement will not directly hit Rarotonga, some effects of the seas and winds could affect the west and north-western coasts of the island and to a lesser effect in the other islands of the Southern Cooks, said Ngari.

According to WeatherWatch New Zealand, Tropical Cyclone Zazu, which was category one yesterday, was tracking at sea between Tonga and the Cook Islands. It has since moved through Niue.

Meanwhile Ngari said another storm, Tropical Cyclone Yasa, will not affect Cook Islands. The system has grown into a severe category five cyclone and is likely to affect Fiji, he said.

The weather office continues to call on the public to remain vigilant during this cyclone season.