TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicted that the intensity of Tropical Cyclone Surigae in the next 24 hours will weaken and move north away from Indonesian territory.
The agency’s head of Maritime Meteorology Center, Eko Prasetyo, in a written statement delivered the analysis results of the tropical cyclone on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at 19:00 Western Indonesian Time (WIB).
BMKG forecasted that the cyclone’s position in the next 24 hours or April 19 at 19:00 WIB will be in the eastern Pacific Ocean of the Philippines, moving towards the north at a speed of 4 knots (7 km per hour) away from Indonesian territory, while its strength is reduced to 110 knots (205 km/h) with a pressure of 905 hPa.
However, the agency reminded that the cyclone will have an indirect impact on the archipelago’s weather, including the potential for moderate to heavy rain with lightning and strong winds in West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, Gorontalo, Central Sulawesi, North Maluku, Maluku, and West Papua.
Additionally, high waves of around 1.25-2.5 meters will likely occur in waters of North Kalimantan, northern Makassar Strait, West Sulawesi Sea, southern waters of Sangihe Islands, waters of Sitaro Islands, waters of Bitung-Likupang, southern waters of North Sulawesi, Maluku Sea, waters of Halmahera Islands, Halmahera Sea, Biak waters, up to Jayapura, and the Pacific Ocean of northern Papua.
The central and eastern parts of the Sulawesi Sea, northern waters of the Sangihe Islands, waters of Talaud Islands, southern Halmahera North Pacific Ocean, and the northern Pacific Ocean of West Papua will also see high waves of about 2.5-4 meters. The BMKG also predicted that the northern Pacific Ocean of northern Halmahera will have a high wave of 4-6 meters.