Cyclone Olaf rolled in to the islands even before Cyclone Nancy had left. Meteorologists rated it category 4 to 5, on a scale where 5 is the most severe. American Samoa was devastated by it and the US President declared the affected islands there a disaster zone.
But the Cooks fared far better. Again buildings were damaged, powers lines brought down and phone services knocked out. But, what was feared would be the worst cyclone so far, gradually became less severe and then turned out into the South Pacific, missing the capital island of Rarotonga by nearly 300 miles.