Met department issues alert as heavy rains hit coastal region

Residents of Mombasa County have begun feeling the effects of heavy rains and strong winds just days after the meteorological department warned of possible flash floods in five counties in the coastal region.

Several roads in Mombasa have been rendered impassible as a result of the ongoing heavy downpour with several motorists being stranded.

The Kenya Meteorological department issued an alert of flash floods occasioned by heavy rains of more than 30mm on Wednesday over the coastal region of Kenya.

Residents in the counties of Mombasa, Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu have been directed to be on the lookout for flashfloods.

In a press statement, the Meteorological department says the heavy rains will be accompanied by strong winds and large waves.

“People should avoid driving, wading or walking through fast moving waters. The heavy rains and strong winds offshore may result in storm surge along the coast,” said the weatherman.

According to the forecast the rainfall is expected to intensify to more than 40mm up from 30mm in 24hrs on Thursday 25th October 2018, along the south coast.

On Friday 26th October 2018, the rainfall intensity expected along the coast will decrease to 30mm in 24 hours.

Residents have consequently been advised to continue listening to local media as updates will be provided if conditions change significantly.

Nairobi County is expected to experience showers over few places on Wednesday afternoon and during the night.

On Thursday and Friday, it’s likely to be cloudy in the morning with rains over few places but in the afternoon and night time, showers are expected over several places.

On Saturday, rains might occur over several places in the morning but it is likely to clear and give way to sunny intervals in the afternoon.


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