Weatherman lists 36 counties set to experience heavy rainfall, strong winds

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 20 May, 2024 08:53 | 3 mins read
Image of woman carrying umbrella in Nairobi City County in December 2023 during heavy rainfall. PHOTO/@Ma3Route/X
Image of woman carrying umbrella in Nairobi City County in December 2023 during heavy rains. PHOTO/@Ma3Route/X

The Kenya Meteorological Department has issued a heavy rainfall and strong advisory affecting several parts of the country.

In a statement on Sunday, May 19, 2024, the weatherman detailed that rainfall expected in 36 counties will intensify during the course of the week.

The weatherman pointed out that large ocean waves will likely be experienced in the Indian Ocean.

"Heavy rainfall of more than 30mm in 24hrs pounding several parts of the Lake Victoria Basin, the Rift Valley, Highlands West and East of the Rift Valley including Nairobi area is expected to continue from Sunday, May 19, 2024. The heavy rainfall is predicted to intensify to more than 40mm in 24hrs over the Rift Valley, Highlands West and East of the Rift Valley Including the Nairobi area, Lake Victoria Basin and off the coast on Monday, May 20, 2024, to Tuesday, May 21, 2024," the statement read in part.

Rainfall
Heavy rains. Image used for representational purposes. PHOTO/Pexels

"It is likely to reduce in intensity on 22nd May 2024 inland but intensify along the coast from Wednesday, May 22, 2024, to Thursday, May 23, 2024. The heavy rainfall is likely to be accompanied by gusty winds, large Ocean Waves in the Indian Ocean and strong southerly winds in the eastern region," it added.

Areas of Concerns

The weatherman listed Kisumu, Homabay, Siaya, Migori, Busia, Kisii, Nyamira, Nandi, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Narok and Baringo as areas of concern.

Other counties include Nakuru, Trans-Nzoia, Uasin-Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, West-Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang'a, Kiambu, Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Mombasa, Tana-River, Kilifi, Lamu, and Kwale.

8 essential safety precautions during heavy rains
Heavy rains. Image used for representational purposes. PHOTO/Pexels

Cautionary message to residents

With the heavy rainfall expected, Gikungu warned residents in the 36 mentioned counties to be wary of possible cases of flooding. Further, the weatherman notified motorists to take note of reduced visibility during that period.

Moreover, weathermen advised residents of landslide-prone areas to be on the lookout during this rainy season. Gikungu warned navigators to be cautious of large waves that will affect marine activities.

Expected Impact

Kenya Red Cross personnel rescuing passengers after their bus was marooned by flood waters. Heavy rains caused flooding across Kenya in April 2024. PHOTO/X (@KenyaRedCross)

Residents in all the mentioned areas are advised to be on the lookout for potential floods, flash floods and poor visibility. The water levels in rivers, lakes and dams are expected to remain high.

"Residents are advised to avoid driving through, or walking in moving water or open fields and not to shelter under trees and near grilled windows to minimize exposure to lightning strikes. People in landslide-prone areas especially over hilly areas should be vigilant. Strong winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees and cause structural damage. Large waves may affect marine," the Kenya Meteorological Department noted.

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