As we now enter into the cyclone season, it is forecasted that there is increased risk of tropical cyclone activities for Niue.
For the 2019-2020, Tropical Cyclone Season, It is expected that about 1 to 3 cyclones may cross near Niue and 2 cyclones are predicted to reach categories 3 to 5 or become severe.
The Met office says everyone should remain vigilant and prepare throughout this tropical cyclone season.
“Communities are advised to continue to listen to the radio, watch television Niue and follow our Facebook page for weather updates”, said Rossy Mitiepo, Director of Niue Meteorological Service.
All alerts, warning and advisories should be seriously considered whenever it is issued to reduce the risk of life, livelihoods and property.
The 2019-2020 Tropical Cyclone Season for Niue officially started on Friday 1st November 2019 and ends on 30th April 2020.
About 5-8 cyclones are predicted for Pacific countries under the Regional Meteorological Specialised Centre (RMSC), Fiji area of responsibility.
The Met office states that the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Neutral condition currently persist in the Tropical Pacific Ocean. It is predicted to remain neutral throughout the Tropical Cyclone season. ENSO Neutral condition have greatly influenced this season’s Tropical Cyclone Outlook.
About 83 cyclones have passed within 500 kilometres of Niue since 1969. Eight cyclones have crossed within 50 kilometres of Niue.
Cyclone Heta was one of the most devastating cyclones that hit Niue 14 years ago.