If you have been in the southern part of Bali in the past two days, then it is likely that you have noticed and experienced first-hand extreme weather conditions in the region. Authorities of the island warned today that gusty winds caused by the ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie, which has battered Northern and Western Australia, may affect residents of Bali for at least the next few days.
Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head I Made Rentin today warned people in Bali to exercise caution when out and about on the island. He said Bali residents are urged to refrain from leaving their houses unless for urgent matters.
The Denpasar office of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) today said strong winds are expected in Bali throughout the week ahead.
“The impact of [ex-Tropical] Cyclone Ellie will be felt for a week at most,” Aminudin Al Roniri, a spokesperson of BMKG Denpasar, said.
He added that the impact from Ellie will subside gradually.
Winds recorded at up to 44 knots have reportedly toppled trees and damaged roofs in Bali recently. Authorities have also warned of large waves not just in Bali, but on the shores of neighboring islands and Java as well.
Recent extreme weather conditions also forced three Bali-bound planes to be rerouted yesterday.