Kenya Met warns of heavy rains and flash floods this week

Kenya Met warns of heavy rains and flash floods this week

Kenya Meteorological (Met) Department has issued an alert regarding weather changes starting Sunday, May 19 Wednesday, May 22.

In a weather forecast, Kenya Met warned of heavy rainfall, strong winds and large waves in most parts of the country. Consequently, Kenyans are urged to remain on high alert due to flash floods and increased water levels in water bodies.

Rainfall levels exceeding 30 mm will hit Lake Victoria Basin, Rift Valley, Highlands West and East of the Rift Valley including Nairobi.

From Monday through to Wednesday, rainfall levels in the above areas might increase to 40 mm, Kenya Met warned. Starting Wednesday rainfall intensity is expected to reduce.

In the coastal region however, rainfall intensity is expected to rise from Wednesday, May 22 to Friday, May 22.

This will be accompanied by strong winds large waves in the Indian Ocean and strong winds in the eastern region.

Counties likely to be affected by the advisory include; Kisumu, Homabay, Siaya, Migori, Busia, Kisii, Nyamira, Nandi, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Narok, Baringo, Nakuru, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu.

Others are; Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Nyandarua, Lakipia, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Mombasa, Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu and Kwale.

Motorists have been urged to avoid roads where water levels are high to avoid fatalities.

“People in landslide prone areas especially in hilly areas should be vigilant. Strong winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees and cause structural damages,” the weatherman added.

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