Meteorological department warns Kenyans of heavy rains
The Kenya Meteorological Department has issued a warning on upcoming heavy rains expected to affect various regions of the country.
In their advisory, they identified specific counties at risk, including Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo, Embu, Nyeri, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Murang’a, Meru, Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi, Kwale, and Mombasa. Residents in these areas have been cautioned to remain vigilant for potential flooding.
Kennedy Thiong’o, representing the Director of the Kenya Meteorological Department, stated that the heavy rainfall, which has already impacted parts of the country, is expected to intensify as the weekend approaches.
The intensification of rain is predicted for the Northeastern and central regions initially, with a subsequent spread to other parts of Northeastern, the Central Highlands, and the South Coast.
“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 when raining to minimize exposure to lightning strikes,” Thiong’o said.
“The strong winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees, and cause structural damages. Updates will be provided promptly if there are any changes,” he added.
Additionally, the weatherman mentioned that the rain would be accompanied by strong winds, and floodwaters may appear even in areas where heavy rain has not fallen, especially downstream. Residents are advised to refrain from driving or walking through moving water, avoid open fields, and stay clear of trees and windows during heavy rain to minimize the risk of lightning strikes.
Furthermore, Thiong’o warned that the strong winds could potentially damage roofs, uproot trees, and cause structural harm. Updates will be promptly provided in the event of any changes.
This advisory has been directed to various government agencies and entities, including the Environment CS and PS, the Presidency, the National Intelligence Service, the Kenya Red Cross, the Kenya Maritime Authority, the Kenya Ports Authority, the National Disaster Operations Centre, National Disaster Management Unit, media organizations, relevant government ministries, the Council of Governors, and the County Directors of Meteorological Services (CDMs).
This comes days after President William Ruto on October 22, 2023, announced that Kenya will not experience El Nino as was predicted by scientists in the country. Instead, he said that the October-November-December season will have short rains that will not necessarily cause devastating impacts to farmers.