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Alert In Place As Cyclone Garry Approaches Cook Islands
Gale force winds could cause significant damage in coming days

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Jan. 24, 2013) – A tropical cyclone alert remains in place for the southern Cook Islands.

The Fiji Meteorological Service says cyclone Garry, a category two storm, will bring strong winds around Palmerston Island and in waters between Palmerston and Suwarrow.

The service says on its current path Garry could bring damaging gale force winds over the 36-48 hours from Thursday morning.

The cyclone has advanced from Samoa and American Samoa, where it caused little damage.

Banana trees were damaged in American Samoa and rains and strong winds remain in some areas of the U.S. territory.

It is a month since cyclone Evan ravaged Samoa and severely damaged the capital, Apia.

Forecasters say other potential cyclonic systems are brewing for the Pacific region.

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