TROPICAL STORM FORMING NEAR COOKS

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Possible cyclone, high winds expected

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 21, 2010) – A tropical depression near the Northern Cook Islands is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 12 hours.

The Fiji Meteorological Service says the depression is currently sitting 20 nautical miles west/northwest of Penrhyn moving southeast at about 12 knots.

It’s expected to turn to the south.

Gale force winds are being forecast for Penrhyn.

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