JAKARTA, PINUS PRESS - The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) has given early admonitions of the occurrence of high tides in some regions in Indonesia. Having been published in the agency’s official website (bmkg.or.id), the warning is accurate as of Thursday (28/2) until Sunday (3/3).
BMKG stated that one cause of the high tides is typhoon WUTIP with pressure as big as 925 hPa packing winds of 185 kilometers per hour near the center which struck the eastern coasts of the Philippines as tropical storm. The typhoon entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday (28/2), as its center was already 1,970 kilometres east of Central Luzon on Tuesday (26/2).
Wind patterns in the northern part of Indonesia generally flow towards north east at around 4 to 20 knots. Meanwhile, in Southern Indonesia, wind patterns generally from northeast to southeast with approximately the same range of speed.
The highest wind speed observed was in the waters of Northern Sangihe-Talaud Islands and Northern Halmahera, resulting high tides, up to four meters high, followed by potential heavy rainstorm and thunder strike in the respective regions.
Some regions are having the potential of high tides of 1.25 to 2.5 meters high, namely Northern Malacca Strait, the waters of Northern Sabang, the waters of Sabang-Banda Aceh, the waters of western Aceh, to the Mentawai Islands, the waters of Bengkulu, all the way to Lampung and the Indian Ocean waters of Western Sumatra.
Other regions impacted by such high tides include the waters stretching from Southern Java to East Nusa Tenggara, the waters of Northern and Southern Sulawesi, Makassar Strait, the waters of Northern Borneo, Maluku Sea, Halmahera sea, the waters of Northern Sorong-Raja Ampat and the Western part of Cendrawasih Gulf.
BMKG advised the public, especially residents of coastal areas, are to be cautious of the extreme condition and keep in track of further weather updates within the next following days.
Written by: Nathanael Septianto