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BMKG Warns of Potential Four-Meter Waves in Sumba Strait

BMKG Warns of Potentially Four-Meter Waves in Sumba Strait (independensi)

KUPANG, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Meteorology and Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned shipping operators and fishermen to be on alert for waves reaching four meters that have the potential to hit eastern Indonesian waters. These include western Sumba Strait sea, the southern waters of Sumba Island and the East Nusa Tenggara waters touching the South Indian Ocean.

"The potential for these high waves will occur within the next few days," said the Head of the Tenau Maritime Meteorological Station, Ota Welly Jenni Thalo in Kupang, Wednesday (04/09/2019).

In addition, waves as high as 3.0 meters have the potential to occur in the southern Sape Strait and waves of 3.5 meters have the potential to occur in the Savu Sea.

BMKG also monitors potentially 2-2.5 meters waves to occur in the Ombai Strait, the waters south of Kupang to Rote Island, the Timor Sea south of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

Winds generally blow from the Northeast-Southeast at speeds of 1-6 on the Beaufort Scale, he explained.

Ota said the potential for this high wave is triggered by Tropical Storm Lingling 985 hPa in northern Philippine waters.

"Currently there is a 985 hPa Tropical Storm Lingling in northern Philippine waters," he said.

Meanwhile, wind patterns in the northern part of Indonesia are generally from Southeast - Southwest with a speed of 4-25 knots, while in the southern region from East-Southeast with a speed of 4 - 25 knots.

The highest wind speeds are observed in the southern waters of Banten, the Karimata Strait, the eastern waters of Bitung, and the Sitaro Islands. "This condition has resulted in an increase in wave height around the region," he said.