The Kenya Meteorological Service has warned of heavy rainfall beginning Monday afternoon through to Wednesday along the Kenyan coastal strip.
In a statement, Kenya Meteorological Service Director Peter Ambenje says “the rainfall of more than 40 millimeters in 24 hrs is expected over various parts of Coastal Kenya,” and adds, “The ongoing rainfall is expected to intensify from Monday afternoon into the evening.”
Ambenje in the statement says Tuesday morning will see the southern part of the coast continue to experience heavy rainfall up to Wednesday 25th October 2017.
The areas to be on the lookout include; on Monday afternoon and into Tuesday morning; Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi and Tana-River counties.
“However Lamu County is expected to receive normal rainfall,” he says and adds, “On Tuesday afternoon; part of Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi and southern parts of Taita-Taveta County will receive the expected downpour.
The weatherman is warning that the rains are likely to cause flooding in low lying areas near the coastline, river courses, areas near dams and other water repositories.
“The Flooding situation may worsen in some parts of the coastal region on Tuesday due to the fact that a lot of water will have accumulated on the ground since Monday,” says Ambenje in the warning.
He is urging the public to be cautious and on the lookout for flood water that suddenly appear in places where it hasn’t rained heavily, “and avoid walking through such water as it can be deeper and faster than it looks,” he says and adds, “Do not walk in moving water or drive through it to avoid drowning.”
While urging the public to move to safer ground until the flood subsides, Ambenje, urged users of canoes and small boats to be cautious of the storms and large waves.