RI on alert for tropical cyclones Lingling and June
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has urged people to be on the alert against the potential of extreme natural events related to the emergence of Cyclone Lingling in the Philippines and Cyclone June, which will appear in around New Caledonia or in the southern part of Fiji.
'Lingling, a first-category tropical cyclone that is growing in the Philippines, is an extraordinary tropical cyclone. This is the first time for Lingling to appear in the northern part of Indonesia,' said the BMKG in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Monday.
BMKG data on tropical cyclones show that from 1977 to 2012, 10 tropical cyclones formed in the northern part of Indonesia.
Lingling formed in the eastern waters of the Philippines and was moving at 65 kilometers per hour at 7 a.m. local time on Saturday. Although it is quite close to North Sulawesi, the tropical cyclone will not pass through Manado or other parts of Indonesia.
'Among the impacts of the tropical cyclone are an increase in wind speed and high waves,' said the BMKG.
Waves of between 3 and 4 meters in height have the potential to occur in the Sulawesi Sea, North Halmahera waters, Sangihe and Talaud Islands waters, Bitung-Manado waters and parts of the Pacific Ocean north of Halmahera.
Waves of 4-6 meters in height could also occur in the Sulu Sea and eastern Philippines waters.
Tropical cyclone potentials growing in around the Arafuru Sea or to the north of Darwin have not developed into cyclones. As a result, Cyclone June formed around New Caledonia or the southern part of Fiji and is moving toward New Zealand at 78 kilometers per hour.
'From the direction it is moving, Cyclone June will not hit Indonesia and will cause neither heavy rain nor strong winds in the country,' said the BMKG. (ebf)
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