Residential house, electricity posts destroyed after strong winds hit the coastal region

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 21 May, 2024 15:16 | 2 mins read
Met department warns of strong winds. PHOTO/Courtesy
Strong winds. PHOTO/Internet

A residential house and electricity posts have been destroyed after strong winds hit the coastal region, the Kenya Red Cross has confirmed.

In a statement shared on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, the humanitarian agency stated that the winds blew the roof of a residential house in the Majajani area in Kilifi County.

The Kenya Red Cross also noted that the strong winds affected electric posts in Casuarina, Olimpia, and Madunguni areas in Malindi and Garashi in Magarini, Kilifi county. Two other posts caught fire in Jilore Trading Centre.

"Extremely strong winds have been reported in various coastal areas of Kenya due to Tropical Storm IALY. In the Majajani area of Kilifi County, strong winds blew off the roof of a residential house.

"Electric posts in Casuarina, Olimpia, Madunguni in Malindi and Garashi in Magarini, Kilifi County, fell down, while two posts in Jilore Trading Centre caught fire. No casualties have been reported so far. We continue to urge extra caution," the statement reads in parts.

Consequently, the humanitarian agency called on residents in the mentioned areas to remain vigilant even as the strong winds continue to prevail.

Earlier advisory

Earlier, the met department had warned small boat navigators and crafts from sailing to the deep sea.

The weatherman stated that the large waves and tropical storms accompanied by strong winds would lead to strong sea conditions which may affect activities.

According to the weatherman, the tropical storm IALY over the South-West Indian Ocean would present large waves.

"As a result of tropical storm IALY, expect south-easterly winds at 10-30 knots over Kenya waters. Wave heights will range from 1.5 to 3.6m. Moderate to strong sea conditions," the weatherman said.

"Small boats and crafts should avoid deep-sea areas. South-easterly turning south westerlies waves expected over Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania waters with the expected wave height of 1.5 to 3.6m (5-12 feet) throughout the entire forecast period."

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