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Weatherman warns of heavy rainfall, floods

Heavy rainfall of more than 30mm in 24 hours is expected over the North Eastern parts of the country on Thursday 26th November 2020.
The heavy rainfall is expected to intensify to more than 40mm in North Eastern and spread to the Southeastern, Coastal regions, Western and Central highlands including Nairobi area on Friday 27th November, 2020 and Saturday 28th November 2020 respectively.
The heavy rainfall is expected to continue on Sunday over Western, Southeastern, Coastal regions and Central highlands including the Nairobi area.
According to the weatherman, it was likely to reduce in intensity on Monday 30th November 2020.
The weatherman has listed the counties expected to be affected as Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa, Nyeri, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Murang’a, Embu, Meru, Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi, Nairobi, Taita Taveta, Kajiado, Narok, Kitui, Machakos.
Other are Makueni, Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru, Baringo, Migori, Nandi, Trans Nzoia, Samburu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Uasin Gishu, Vihiga, Bungoma, Homa Bay, Busia, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River and Lamu.

Residents and motorists wade through a flooded section of a road in Mombasa following a heavy downpour in 2017. 

Residents in all the mentioned areas are advised to be on the lookout for potential floods.
The water levels in rivers, lakes, and dams over Lake Victoria Basin, the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, Central and South Rift Valley were expected to remain high.
Floodwaters may appear in places where it has not rained heavily especially downstream. 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 to minimize exposure to lightning strikes.
The heavy rains may result in poor visibility along the western Indian Ocean, hence fishermen and all in the marine industry should be on high alert.
People in landslide/mudslide prone areas, especially on the slopes of the Aberdare ranges, Mt. Kenya, western Kenya, and other hilly areas should be watchful.
According to the meteorological department, further updates will be provided promptly if there were any changes.
Kwale County Meteorological Department Director Dominic Mbindyo on Wednesday circulated to stakeholders in the coastal county a statement from the Director of Kenya Meteorological Department Stella Aura.
Mbidyo said fishermen and other mariners in the coastal counties of Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, and Lamu were advised to monitor weather forecasts for significant weather-related impacts.
He also warned fishermen and other mariners to pay close attention to the marine forecast and consider wind and sea conditions before going for their expeditions in the sea.

By Hussein Abdullahi

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