The ‘Tropical Storm’ is shaping up to be one of the biggest stories in the 2020 election campaign
FourFourSeconds ago, Tropical Storm Tropical Storm Kip is now making landfall in the western Indian Ocean, causing widespread flooding in the region and raising the prospect of severe storms in the coming weeks.
While there is no official confirmation, the outlook is very favorable for a strong El Niño event this year, as the storm makes landfall in June.
According to data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the tropical cyclone is currently forecast to track northeast of the island of Samar, near the Indonesian island of Bali.
The storm is expected to strengthen in the next 24 hours, as it approaches the Indian Ocean.
However, the storm could become a “tremendous” storm in the Atlantic Ocean, with strong winds of 70 km/h (43 miles/hour) and a gale-force storm surge of 12-14 metres (36-39 feet) in the vicinity of Bambang, Indonesia’s capital.
“We do not have any direct measurements of Kip at this time,” said US National Hurricane Center Director Steve Giddings.
“But, it is forecast to move around the coast of Bamboo Island.
It is a storm that could be a real challenge.”
The storm has also triggered warnings from authorities in India, including Bali, where there are severe flooding warnings in place.
A large section of the Indian coast has been closed off, and many people have been warned to avoid major roads.
As of Thursday morning, a number of other major cities including Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Hyderuva, Kolkata, and Chennai had been declared disaster areas by the Indian government.
The storm will likely continue to move into the Indian Pacific Ocean before making landfall on the west coast of South America.
“It is too early to tell exactly what the exact track will be.
The current forecast track is a tropical storm with strong wind shear, which can be expected over tropical cyclones and can be a severe hurricane in the area,” Giddins said.
While Kip could produce some heavy rainfall, the National Hurricane Centre predicts that it will be a very light rain event and that the heaviest rainfall will occur in the central and eastern Indian Ocean areas.
There are some isolated tropical storm warnings issued for parts of western India and in Bangladesh.
The storm was forecast to be a tropical depression by the National Weather Service (NWS), and could bring heavy rainfall to parts of the northeast.
The strongest storm on record to make landfall in Bambangs region is Typhoon Kip.
#Kip in Bamboo Islands (Indonesia) is predicted to make a landfall in #Bambang this morning.
Heavy rainfall and storm surge possible.#NWS forecasters say the strong wind will continue to gust to over 70 kmph in the NE Indian Ocean area #BambooIslands pic.twitter.com/ZW8tBp3Q5v (@NWWS_Bambangs) August 18, 2020Tropically cyclone Kip will be the strongest storm to make the Bambanga region of Indonesia’s Java archipelago the most isolated and dangerous region for more than 50 years.
In 2018, Kip was the strongest cyclone to make Bambangan its most dangerous spot since its arrival.
“The current forecast tracks are very strong, which means that it can bring a lot of rainfall and wind shears, which will make Bamboo island especially dangerous,” said Bambuks weather forecaster Kajet Buhay.
“We are very concerned about Kip and the consequences of its track.
We are also very concerned over the risk of the cyclone moving into the tropical zone of the Atlantic.”
The most dangerous part of the storm, Kop, is forecast for a tropical cyclonic storm with a sustained wind speed of up to 110 km/hr (70 mph), with gusts up to 90 km/hour (46 mph) along its course.
At the time of its landfall, KOP was moving at an average of about 25 kilometres per hour (15 mph) and the storm had sustained winds of up 30 km/hs (18 mph) when it crossed the Indian coastline from Java to Sumatra, Indonesia.
“Kop is expected for sustained winds up to 100 km/H (60 mph) at landfall,” Buhaya said.
“Its maximum sustained wind is about 65 km/ H (39 mph) with gust of up 40 km/ h (24 mph) over the Java archipole.
It is predicted that Kop will move inland into Bambange Island, where it will produce heavy rain, and heavy storm surges.”
In October last year, Tropical Cyclone Kip brought heavy rain and winds of 40-50 km/ hours (