palmerston in cyclone path

Remote Palmerston atoll in the Southern Cook Islands is due to bear the brunt of Cyclone Meena, the mid Pacific's latest severe weather event. With not much more than 50 people, the low lying atoll is considered highly vulnerable to sea surge and other storm damage including high winds. Speeds of up to 60 knots are expected within the next 12 hours close to the centre of the cyclone, currently tracking eastward. Meena is expected to curve towards the South East in the next 24 hours. Intensifying at the moment, the cyclone is also expected to pick up speed from 5 knots to 10 knots within the next 48 hours, possibly lessening its power.