Surface flooding is present across Rarotonga 23011023 / MELINA ETCHES
Torrential rain in Rarotonga may last until the end of the week as a large trough makes its way through the Cook Islands.
recorded 62mm of rain over Sunday and Monday and more is forecast to fall.
forecaster Arona Ngari said two weather systems are behind the heavy downpours,
one looping around from the northwest and the other from the northeast of
ex-tropical Cyclone Hale which has battered New Zealand in recent days.
system I have the most concern about is the one that extends in the direction
of the northeast towards the Cook Islands," Ngari said.
expecting it will bring heavy rain in the Cook Islands up until Friday."
the unsettled weather system had been in place for a while.
persistence of the rain continues, this could turn into local flooding, so we
advise people to take care,” he said.
system has already hung about for five or so days.”
the busiest time we’ve had for quite a while.”
New Zealand forecaster Matthew Ford told Cook Islands News the outlook for the
Cook Islands showed an active trough through the southern group.
produce a low-pressure system that will deepen as it makes its way closer to
the islands,” Ford said.
expected to become a tropical cyclone, but everyone is keeping an eye on it, as
it can still be bad.”
Vai water authority spokesman William Tuivaga said all storage catchments are
now operating at optimum levels.
This was a
massive improvement on the pre-Christmas period, when most of the catchments
were running below 50 per cent of optimum levels.
is going exactly as it should right now,” Tuivaga said.
if we start getting dry spots again, we could be in trouble.”
the Cook Islands consume a large amount of water per person, combine that with
leakage and wastage and you have problems.”
said people should be mindful of how easily the situation could change.
are in a time of abundance at the moment, that isn’t necessarily locked in,” he
said it was important that people treated water like it was a scarce resource.
water, you’re in trouble,” he said.
was impressed by the way the people of Rarotonga responded to the previous
shortage last month. Most people seemed to get the message.”
As the effects of
Hale were ongoing, MetService New Zealand said there was a risk thunderstorms
could be severe from late yesterday and
overnight in Taumarunui, southern and eastern parts of Taupō, Taihape,
eastern parts of inland Taranaki, Whanganui (mainly inland), northern Manawatu,
Hawkes Bay (mainly inland, and also south of Hastings), and northern parts of
the Tararua District.
With the extent of
damage still being assessed, Gisborne Deputy Mayor Josh Wharehinga told New
Zealand media the disconnection of the roading network was inhibiting authorities'
ability to provide relief to some communities, after some residents had been
forced to evacuate.