Fishermen stay dry on shore in Pamekasan, East Java, on Tuesday as authorities warn of the impending arrival of tropical cyclone Cempaka. (Antara Photo/Saiful Bahri)

Tropical Cyclone Cempaka Threatens Java and Nearby Islands


NOVEMBER 28, 2017

Jakarta. Tropical cyclone Cempaka came within a whisker of the southern coast of Java on Monday evening (27/11), Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency, or BMKG, announced on Tuesday.

The cyclone could affect air traffic in nearby Bali, a busy tourist island whose main airport was closed down on Monday because of a volcanic eruption, an official said.

Cyclone Cempaka is expected to bring heavy rains to Java and nearby islands, strong winds of up to 30 knots per hour and huge waves of up to six meters high, the BMKG said in a statement.

The agency said the tropical cyclone will likely last for at least three days and urged people to take precaution for floods, landslides and fallen trees.

"Traffic at several airports in Java could be affected," Mulyono Prabowo, BMKG's meteorology chief, said.

Sugiharjo, the Transportation Ministry secretary general, said changing wind directions caused by the cyclone brought volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung to Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.

According to Sugiharjo, more ash is expected at the airport as long as the cyclone persists and later may also affect Lombok's Praya International Airport again.

Hundreds of flights have also been canceled as Mount Agung continues to erupt.