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Bali Buffeted by High Winds

Bali's Shorelines Eroded and Kuta Beach Temporarily Closed by High Winds and Waves Expected to Continue through February 19th.

(2/17/2008) "Nicholas" - a tropical storm located south of the Nusa Tenggara islands and off the Western coast of Australia, produced strong winds, heavy rains and large waves for Bali and adjoining islands during the second week of February 2008.

On the neighboring island of Lombok, large trees in the capital of Mataram were uprooted while ferry services between the ports of Padang Bai (Bali) and Lembar (Lombok) were frequently suspended as waves of reached heights ranging from 3.5 to 6 meters and wind exceeded 35 kilometers per hour.

Although centered over Australia's coast, forecasters suggest that the Tropical Storm Nicholas will continue to affect Bali with strong winds and rains until approximately February 19th when the low pressure system is expected to dissipate.

On Thursday, February 14, 2008, large waves forced Bali's Beach Patrol to close the popular Kuta beach front while the same strong winds created sand dunes that stopped traffic along the Kuta beach front road that borders the public beach. Kuta's popular Ma Jolly restaurant suffered damage to their beach side dining pavilion when heavy waves eroded building foundations.

Erosive wave action also reported along Bali's eastern and western shorelines where coconut palms toppled and beachside dwellings were washed away.