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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

APCEDI Alert SP/CI 25P/12F Ken #1-2009: Cyclone Ken forms south of Cook Islands

The RSMC-Nadi Tropical Cyclone Centre, and the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre are issuing guidance on Cyclone Ken, a minimal tropical cyclone that has formed in the Southern Cook Islands, southwest of Rarotonga.

This system is currently located 200 nautical miles (370 kms) westsouthwest of Rarotonga. It is moving southsoutheast at 8 knots and is expected to maintain this course through tomorrow

Given the distance from the main islands, no cyclone warnings have been issued at this time. However, a strong wind warning remains in effect for all of the Southern Cook Islands.

Cyclone Ken will continue to move to the south away from the Cook Islands tomorrow. All interests in the Southern Cook Islands should monitor the storm carefully and follow all government advice.

APCEDI will continue to monitor the progress of this system, although this will likely be the last APCEDI Alert for this minimal system as it passes into the Southern Ocean.
Kevin Vang
APCEDI Coordinator

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