Wilhelmina Paays, head of the observation section of BMKG's Class II Pattimura Meteorological Station in Ambon, remarked on Thursday that in line with the recent data, the tropical cyclone is currently moving from the north to northwest, away from Indonesia, and its intensity is expected to weaken in the subsequent 24 hours.
"Intensity of the tropical cyclone will weaken in the next 24 hours and move to the north, away from the Indonesian territory," he noted when contacted here on Thursday.
Paays attributed the formation of air-bending areas around the islands of Ambon and Seram to the indirect impact of the tropical cyclone Surigae.
In the past few days, the indirect impact has resulted in more intense development of rain clouds in the adjoining area.
Ambon City has, so far, experienced rains and wind owing to the activity of rain cloud, or cumulonimbus cloud formation around Ambon Island causing sudden rains of moderate to heavy intensity accompanied by strong winds.
On Monday, the BMKG urged residents to remain alert to the movement of the new tropical cyclone to the northwest, approaching the Philippines.
According to a BMKG release received here on Monday, the Surigae cyclone is currently detected in the eastern Pacific Ocean of the Philippines, at 13.5 degrees North Latitude and 126.8 degrees East Longitude, or some 1,140 kilometers north of Tahuna, moving to the northwest, approaching the territory of the Philippines.
The BMKG has projected that the potential for moderate to heavy rains accompanied by lightning and strong winds momentarily, with speeds of over 30 kilometers per hour, is likely to occur in the districts of Buru, South Buru, Ambon City, Central Maluku, West Seram, and East Seram.
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