23 Dec 2014

Northern Cooks threatened by tropical depression

10:37 am on 23 December 2014

The Fiji Met Service has issued a special weather bulletin for a tropical depression threatening the northern Cook Islands.

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Photo: Cook Islands Met Service

It says a gale warning in now in force for Manahiki, Penrhyn and Rakahanga with a strong wind warning for the rest of the northern Cook Islands.

The depression is moving east northeast with average winds of 20 knots but the Fiji Met Service says this could increase to damaging gales of up to 45 knots at or near its centre.