Kenya Meteorological Department issues advisory



Heavy rainfall of more than 30mm in 24hrs pounding several parts of the Lake Victoria Basin, the Rift Valley, Highlands West and East of the Rift Valley including Nairobi area is expected to continue from 19th May, 2024.

According to advisory from Kenya Meteorological Department, the heavy rainfall is predicted to intensify to
more than 40mm in 24hrs over the Rift Valley, Highlands West and East of the Rift Valley including Nairobi area, Lake Victoria Basin and off coast on 20th to 21th May, 2024.

It is likely to reduce in intensity on 22nd May 2024 inland but intensify along the coast from 22nd to 24th May.

The heavy rainfall is likely to be accompanied by gusty winds, large
Ocean Waves in the Indian Ocean and strong southerly winds in the eastern region.

Area(s) of Concern: Counties: Kisumu, Homabay, Siaya, Migori, Busia, Kisii, Nyamira, Nandi, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Narok, Baringo, Nakuru, Trans-Nzoia, Uasin-
Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, West-Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Mombasa, Tana-River, Kilifi, Lamu, and Kwale.

Residents in all the mentioned areas are advised to be on the lookout for potential floods, flash floods and poor visibility.

The water levels in rivers, lakes and dams are expected to remain high.

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.

People in landslide prone areas especially over hilly areas
should be vigilant.

Strong winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees and cause structural
damages.

“Large waves may affect marine activities. Updates will be provided
appropriately,” reads part of the advisory statement.

This message has been addressed to the Presidency; Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and
Forestry; Principal Secretary, State Department for Environment and Climate Change; National Intelligence Service, Government spokesman, Kenya Red Cross, Kenya Maritime Authority, Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Airport Authority, National Disaster Operations Centre, National Disaster Management Unit, Media, Relevant Government
Ministries, Council of Governors, County Directors of Meteorological Services

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