Met issues strong winds and large waves alert

Written By: Margaret Kalekye
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The wave height is likely to be more than 3 meters over the Kenya coastal waters on Friday and is expected to reduce to 2.5 meters on Sunday.

The Meteorological Department (MET) has warned that strong southerly winds are expected to hit the Coast and eastern Kenya from Thursday afternoon.

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According to the weatherman, the winds will be stronger with speeds of up to 40 m/s on Friday 17th July.

“Strong southerly winds of more than 30 knots (15.4 meters per second) are expected over the coast and eastern sector of Kenya on Thursday 16th July, 2020. The wind speed is expected to strengthen to more than 40 knots (20.6 M/S) on Friday 17th July, 3am”, warned the weatherman in an advisory.

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High waves are also expected over the Kenya coastal waters.

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“The wave height is likely to be more than 3 meters over the Kenya coastal waters on Friday and is expected to reduce to 2.5 meters on Sunday”, added the weatherman.

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Areas on high alert include Marsabit, Turkana, Samburu, Mandera, Wajir, Isiolo, Garissa, Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale counties.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to be on the lookout for potential gale (very strong winds) and very large waves over the  Indian Ocean.

Met warns that the strong winds likely to reduce to 30 knots on Saturday may blow off roofs, uproot trees and cause structural damages while the strong high waves may lower visibility, cause capsizing of boats and threaten the safety of those engaging in water sports and recreational activities.

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“Those in the areas of concern should be on high alert. People are urged to continue listening to local media as updates will be provided if conditions change significantly. Further advisories may be issued as we follow the progress of these weather events”, said Met.

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