The Kenyan Meteorological Office warns of the threat of heavy rain that could lead to flooding.
According to a weather warning, the intensity of precipitation on Tuesday will increase to 30 millimeters within 24 hours.
Affected counties include; Embu, Meru, Murang’a, Nairobi and Nyeri. The others are; Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Isiolo and Garissa. The rest is; Tana River, Taita Taveta, parts of Mombasa County, Kilifi, and Lamu.
The weather man asks the population to keep an eye out, as floods can also occur where it has not rained, especially downstream of the river valleys.
The statement signed by the director of the Meteorological Service, Stella Aura, also urges the public not to walk or drive through running water to avoid drowning or being washed away.
Seven-day weather forecast 14.-20. December 2021
The rain is likely to continue over the highlands east of the Rift Valley, the southeastern lowlands, the coast, portions of the highlands west of the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin, the central and southern Rift Valley, and the northeast pic.twitter.com/hxUTypTOYC
– Kenya Met Department 🇰🇪 (@MeteoKenya) December 14, 2021
The notice also warns of lightning strikes in areas at risk from lighting and calls on the population not to walk over open fields or to protect themselves under trees during a storm.
People on the slopes of the Abardare Ranges in Murang’a County and on the slopes of Mount Kenya have been asked to watch for possible landslides.
The weatherman goes on to explain that the moderate winds of up to 15 knots are strong enough to uproot trees and cause structural damage to the building, including blowing off roots, and urges the public to exercise caution.