Heavy Rains Trigger Flood Warnings Across the Country

The Meteorological Department is raising the alarm as heavy rains continue to drench vast regions of the country, sparking concerns of potential floods.

Weather experts have issued a warning that the relentless downpour affecting the northeast, northwest, and central highlands is anticipated to escalate its reach. On Thursday, November 2nd, the heavy rainfall is predicted to extend its grip to Nairobi, the south-eastern lowlands, the western sector, and the coastal areas.

The ongoing deluge, with rainfall exceeding 30mm in 24 hours, is anticipated to persist from Friday the 3rd to Sunday the 5th of November.

The Meteorological Department has identified multiple regions at risk, including Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo, Samburu, Turkana, Embu, Nyeri, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Murang’a, Meru, Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi, Nairobi, Busia, Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru, Narok, Migori, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, West Pokot, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Vihiga, Bungoma, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Kajiado, Machakos, Kitui, Makueni, Lamu, Tana-River, Taita Taveta, Kwale, Kilifi, and Mombasa counties.

In their advisory, the department urges residents in the affected regions to remain vigilant, as floodwaters may appear in areas that have not experienced heavy rainfall, especially downstream.

Residents are advised to avoid driving or walking through moving water, open fields, and should refrain from seeking shelter under trees or near windows during heavy rain to minimize the risk of lightning strikes, according to the weather experts.

The forecast indicates that the intensity of the rains is expected to subside on Monday, November 6th, over the south-eastern lowlands and certain parts of the northeast. Nevertheless, it is anticipated that the rain may be accompanied by strong gusty winds.

The Weather Department warns that these strong winds could result in roof damage, uprooted trees, and structural harm. People residing in landslide-prone areas, particularly in the slopes of the Aberdare ranges, Mt. Kenya, and other hilly western regions, are advised to exercise extreme caution.

In its November weather outlook, the Meteorological Department’s report has noted the presence of El Niño conditions and a positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), both of which are typically associated with above-average rainfall.