CYCLONE RAE: The one that turned into a tropical storm
When cyclone number five - Cyclone Rae - formed, it looked like the Cook Islands was in for another battering. This time though, it quickly lost strength, was downgraded to a tropical storm and then moved out into the Pacific. It passed 172 miles south west of the capital island of Rarotonga, causing only intermittent gales and squalls. But a couple in Arorangi had their house destroyed by a waterspout two hours after the cyclone warnings were cancelled!