1 Feb 2010

Another cyclone forecast to hit the northern Cook Islands

6:34 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 may bring momentary gusts of up to 60 knots in the northern Cook Islands of Suwarrow, Pukapuka and Nassau.

Heavy rain, squally thunderstorms and damaging heavy swells are expected with flooding, including sea flooding likely.