Kenya Power warns Kenyans of blackouts as heavy rains begin

Kenya Power warns Kenyans of blackouts as heavy rains begin

Kenya Power has listed some of the eventualities set to arise as heavy rains begin in line with the Meteorological Department predictions.

Through infographics shared on social media, the power connectivity company reminded Kenyans that “severe weather conditions such as strong winds, lightning, thunderstorms, flooding will persist throughout the season.”

Consequently, minor to severe power interruptions will be witnessed in different parts of the country between April and June when the rainfall levels will be high.

“Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds have the potential to cause; collapse of electricity poles during strong winds, flash floods, land or mudslides,” read part of their post.

Kenya Power also warned of breakage of power lines due to trees or branches falling on them during the heavy rains.

Kenyans are also alerted to expect power blackouts as a result of exposure and damage of underground power cables.

However, in efforts to respond swiftly to such emergencies, Kenyans are advised to call 97771 or 0703070707 to reach out to Kenya Power officers.

The Met Department in advisory Monday, April 1, said that several parts of Lake Basin, the Rift Valley, Highlands West and East of Rift Valley including Nairobi area will receive rainfall of more than 30mm in 24 hours on Tuesday, April 2.

“The heavy rainfall is likely to intensify to more than 40mm in 24 hours and spread to Southeast Lowlands, caost and northern sector on Wednesday, April 4. The heavy rainfall is likely to be accompanied by gusty winds,” the advisory reads in part.

The counties that will be affected are; Nyamira, Nandi, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Busia, Migori, Narok, Baringo, Nakuru, Trans-Nzoia, Uasin-Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, West-Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu, Tharaka-Nithi ,Nairobi, Machakos, Kitui, Makueni, Kajiado, Taita-Taveta, Mombasa, Tana-River, Kilifi, Lam, Kwale, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Isiolo.

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