An estimated 100 millimetres of rain was expected to fall on Rarotonga as wild, wet and windy weather resulted in a local flood warning and forced both Air New Zealand flights to be diverted back to New Zealand.
Rarotonga continued to get battered by high winds on Friday, forcing an Air New Zealand aircraft to make a dramatic aborted landing. The incident follows rough weather throughout the month that has kept emergency services busy with toppled trees, power poles and blocked roads. By Emmanuel Samoglou and Al Williams
The heavy downpour yesterday caused floods, disruptions to traffic and damage to roads in the Avatiu and Nikao areas. And the Cook Islands Met Service says Rarotonga could see more rainfall before the end of the week.