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Tropical Cyclone Claudia Diminishing in Strength and Moving Away from Indonesian Territory

Kompas.com reports that the Meteorology, Climate, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has provided an update on the weeklong severe weather advisory issued for the week starting Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Tropical Cyclone Claudia remains a threat in terms of bringing rain, high waves and high winds to central areas of Indonesia, including South Sulawesi, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), and East Nusa Tenggara.

BMKG issued a formal follow-up announcement on Monday, January 13, 2020, at 9:24 pm WIB from their Tropical Cyclone Warning Center (TCWC). Cyclone Claudia is expected on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, to continue to move to the southwest from Bali.

Winds with a velocity of 22 to 100 kilometers per hour are blowing in a westerly direction gradually distancing itself from Indonesia territory to locales into the Indian Ocean.

Cyclone Claudia is still expected to impact Indonesian weather bringing as a byproduct medium to heavy rainfall to South Sulawesi, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). Wind velocities of 35-40 kilometers per hour will be experienced in areas of East Java, Bali, NTB and NTT. These winds are expected to generate wave heights of between 2.5 – 4.0 meters on the southern shores of East Java, Bali, NTB, Sumba, Rote, and Sabu.  

BMKG’s forecast for the coming two days, Wednesday, January 15th and Thursday, January 16th see wind speeds decreasing and moving away from Indonesian territory. On Wednesday wind speeds will range between 19 to 75 kilometers per hour, decreasing to 17 to 65 kilometers per hour on Thursday.

As a continuance of the severe weather warning issued on January 12th, BMKG and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNBP) still urge the public to anticipate the negative impact of associated storms. Agus Wibowo, the head of BNPB’s Data, Information and Communications Center issued a statement on Monday, January 13, 2020 evening saying: “Although BMKG’s predictions for the coming 24 hours indicates (the cyclonic system) is moving away from Indonesian territory, BPBD and related agencies warn that the public need to be prepared for the potential dangers posed by the tropical cyclone that is still producing winds of 100 kilometers per hour.”

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