Extreme Weather, Kuta Was Hit By Sandstorms

The extreme weather that occurred yesterday Wednesday 9 December also occurred in the Kuta beach area. As a result of the strong winds that occurred, the beach sand and tree branches flew to the edge of the Kuta Beach road.

According to Mangku Wayan Sirna, as the head of the Kuta Beach Management Task Force, this sand storm had made traders on the beach panic. They even hide behind walls for cover.

He said that due to the strong wind conditions, besides making the beach sand fly, there were also many fallen shade trees. This strong wind condition, lasts quite short, which is about 15 minutes.

Sandstorm in Kuta
Sandstorm in Kuta

He also mentioned that incidents like this had happened in previous years. “Strong winds occurred at 1.30PM local time. Luckily, there are no visitors on the beach when strong winds occur, ”he explained.

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This extreme weather with strong winds has actually happened two days ago. But last Wednesday was the loudest it has ever been.

According to the explanation from the Center for Beteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Region III Denpasar, the wind speed reached 23 knots when the incident took place.

According to information from weather forecasters at the Center for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Region III Denpasar, Putu Agus Dedy Permana, based on the results of temporary observations, the strong winds that occurred had increased compared to the previous day.

Sandstorm in Kuta

“Based on the results of temporary observations this afternoon, the wind speed that occurred reached 23 knots at the Ngurah Rai Meteorological Station. When compared to yesterday, there was indeed an increase in wind speed, ”he explained when contacted on Wednesday (9/12/2020).

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Putu Agus Dedy Permana revealed that this condition occurred because of the 96 S tropical cyclone seeds in the Indian Ocean, south of Java Island.

“It has an indirect impact on weather conditions in Indonesia, including the increase in wind speed,” he said.

Bajra Sidhi on Seseh Beach, Munggu Village, Mengwi District, Badung Regency collapsed due to the storm
Bajra Sidhi on Seseh Beach, Munggu Village, Mengwi District, Badung Regency collapsed due to the storm

As a result of the wind with a speed of 23 knots, besides the sand material that was scattered on Jalan Pantai Kuta, the top building of Bajra Sidhi on Seseh Beach, Munggu Village, Mengwi District, Badung Regency also collapsed. The collapsed building then fell on the pengengker and several pelinggih merajan (places of worship) under it.

Based on data from the Badung District Disaster Management Agency, a tornado occurred at 13.25 WITA.

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