COOK ISLANDS ALL CLEAR AS STORM ABATES

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Tropical storm Nisha fizzles out

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 29, 2010) – Tropical cyclone Nisha, which had been forecast to hit the Cook Islands early this morning has now been downgraded.

Schools were closed in the Cook Islands yesterday as people prepared for the arrival of the tropical cyclone.

But the director of the emergency management in the Cook Islands, Charles Carlson, says overnight the tropical cyclone was downgraded to a tropical depression and is now phasing out.

Mr Carlson says the outer islands did receive strong winds, heavy rain and rough seas as the cyclone approached but there have been no reports of damage so far.

He says his team were also pleased with the response to their calls for preparation.

"In a sense it has been a good exercise for us to just test our procedures and see how prepared we are but I must say I’ve been very impressed with our own responding agencies, the Ministries, including the public, they were well prepared for this event."The director of the emergency

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