Weatherman warns of torrential rains

Residents of Machakos, Makueni and Kitui among other areas have been warned to be on the lookout for possible heavy rains within the next few days.

An alert from the Meteorology department on Wednesday warned that the rains might start any time and urges residents to avoid dry riverbeds to avoid being swept away by the resultant torrents.

It also warned of possible mudslides in the affected areas. Residents of urban areas are advised to be on the lookout for flashfloods. In dry river beds moving water may suddenly appear. Soil erosion may occur in areas that have been dry and have bare soils, warned the advisory from the director of weather services.

Other areas that the weatherman forecast floods, include Kisii, Kericho, Bomet, Narok, Migori, Kakamega, Kajiado, Nakuru, Kwale, Marsabit, Turkana, Samburu, Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Murang’a and TaitaTaveta.

It points out that the rains are expected from Wednesday to Friday. However, this is not the proper onset of the March-May rainfall season, the alert indicated.

It stated the over 50mm rains will continue in counties in Western, Rift Valley, Nyanza, and Central as well as Nairobi area and Southeastern lowlands. The heavy rainfall is likely to continue on Friday 2nd March over counties in the South Coast, Western, and Nyanza, Rift Valley, Northern, Central, including Nairobi and Southeastern lowlands, it stressed.

On Saturday 3rd March 2018 Counties in Western, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Central and Southeastern lowlands are expected to continue receiving heavy rainfall in the afternoon while the rains will reduce in intensity over the Eastern, Coast and Northern regions. Moderate rainfall will continue over the rest of the country, warned the alert.

The warning comes following extremely high temperatures that have characterized the three Ukambani counties in the last few days. Many residents have been complaining about sleepless nights due to the hot and humid temperatures lately.

Source: Kenya News Agency