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Tropical Cyclones fire up in South Pacific

Story highlights…
  – Severe tropical cyclone last week in French Polynesia
  – Current cyclone hits Cook Islands
  – Potential new cyclone within 24 hours.

Communications appear to be restored in parts of the Cook Islands which have been hammered by category three Cyclone Pat.

The Emergency Operational Centre lost contact with Aitutaki to the north for several hours this morning. A spokesman says satellite phone contact is now in place but there are still no details about how much damage the cyclone has caused.

Cyclone Pat is currently moving southwest across the island group.

One News reported that some houses have been destroyed.

Just last week severe tropical cyclone Oli slammed into French Polynesia killing one person and causing the evacuations of thousands.

Now weather forecasters are reporting another cyclone is likely to form soon, this time near Samoa. reports that the Fiji Meteorological Agency has identified Tropical Depression 10F as having a “moderate” risk of becoming a tropical cyclone within 24 hours.  The tropical storm is currently moving east but is expected to turn south putting American Somoa directly in its path. says the tropics have been extremely active in recent weeks, mainly between Fiji and Tahiti.

– Additional reporting NewstalkZB


Alan on 11/02/2010 12:12am

Stacks of thunder out to the WEst of Napier. Sky is very dark. 1.15pm

Andy H on 10/02/2010 11:59pm

I’ve been having a look at the SW Pacific 7 day forecast maps on, and it looks like this possible new tropical storm / cyclone will move in a WSW direction, under Fiji and towards NZ later next week. It looks like it could get BIG on the forecast maps too. I know that the further out the forecast, the less reliable it is, but it would be pretty exciting if we finally got an ex-cyclone after not having any for a few years!

What do you reckon Phil?

WW Forecast Team on 11/02/2010 4:58am

I don’t think we have any shot of receiving Pat down this way… eventually it will turn south east and fade away.  There’s also a building high between NZ and Fiji which will push it away.

All the tropical activity is between Fiji and French Polynesia – very typical for El Nino.



p.s. – The last time we had a tropical cyclone down this way waaaay back in the summer of 96/97  – Fergus and Drena.  It’s sure been a while!

Guest on 11/02/2010 4:48pm

hey phil
we had a fizzler of a cyclone sometime in 2003 (i think) it came from the coral sea.. moved south west. the cyclone was called Sose (as in So-say)… it was quite big news – i remember it coz it was all over the media

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