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Meteorologist cautions about intense rainfall and powerful winds

The Kenya Meteorological Department has issued a warning regarding heavy rainfall expected until Wednesday.

In their latest forecast, the Kenya Met cautioned about heavy rainfall, accompanied by strong winds and large waves, across most parts of the country. Consequently, citizens are advised to stay vigilant due to the risk of flash floods and rising water levels in water bodies.

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According to the advisory, rainfall exceeding 30 millimeters is anticipated within 24 hours in various regions, including the Lake Victoria Basin, Rift Valley, Highlands West and East of the Rift Valley, including the Nairobi area.

“The heavy rainfall is projected to intensify to over 40mm within 24 hours over the Rift Valley, Highlands West and East of the Rift Valley, including the Nairobi area, Lake Victoria Basin, and off the coast on May 20-21, 2024,” stated the Director of the Meteorological Service, Dr. David Gikungu.

“The intensity is likely to diminish by Wednesday but will escalate along the coast and persist until Friday.”

Counties expected to be affected include Kisumu, Homabay, Siaya, Migori, Busia, Kisii, Nyamira, and Nandi, among others. The list also encompasses Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Narok, Baringo, Nakuru, Trans-Nzoia, and Uasin-Gishu, along with Elgeyo-Marakwet, West-Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Mombasa, Tana-River, Kilifi, Lamu, and Kwale.

The Meteorological Department advises residents in the mentioned areas to be alert for potential floods, flash floods, and reduced visibility.

“People are urged to refrain from driving or walking in moving water or open areas and to avoid seeking shelter under trees or near metallic window grills to minimize the risk of lightning strikes,” emphasized the weather expert.

“In landslide-prone regions, particularly in hilly terrain, residents should remain vigilant. Strong winds may cause roof damage, uproot trees, and result in structural harm. Marine activities may also be affected by large waves,” cautioned the Kenya Meteorological Department.

The public is further advised to steer clear of driving or walking in moving water or open fields and to avoid seeking shelter under trees or near metal window grills to minimize the risk of lightning strikes.

“People in landslide-prone areas, especially in hilly regions, should remain vigilant. Strong winds may cause roof damage, uproot trees, and lead to structural damage,” reiterated the weather expert.

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