1 Feb 2010

Cook Islands brace for another cyclone

10:01 pm on 1 February 2010

The Cook Islands is preparing for more bad weather with a new tropical depression expected to become a cyclone overnight.

Last week Cyclone Nisha affected the Cooks, American Samoa and Niue before its winds petered out.

The latest storm is forecast to intensify and possibly gust up to 60 knots in the northern Cook Islands of Suwarrow, Pukapuka and Nassau.

Heavy rain, thunderstorms and big swells are expected, with flooding likely.