Officials say the Greater Jakarta Area must buckle up for extreme weather over the next two days, as the capital and its surrounding cities may be affected by the intensifying tropical cyclone Surigae.
According to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Surigae, which emerged on the Pacific Ocean north of Papua on April 14, is expected to strengthen over the coming week.
While the cyclone is projected to head further north toward the Philippines, the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD DKI Jakarta) says it may still trigger extreme weather throughout Indonesia, especially in Papua and Sulawesi, and has issued a warning for April 15 and 16 throughout the Greater Jakarta Area.
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The agency says heavy rain and thunderstorms are to be expected in Jakarta and its satellite cities over the two days, which may trigger dangerous floods and landslides.
A notable weather anomaly was detected in the satellite city of Bekasi yesterday, which experienced a rare hail in the afternoon. No damage was reported from the phenomenon.
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— Txt Dari Bekasi (@txtdrbekasi) April 14, 2021