Heavy rainfall of more than 20mm in 24 hours is expected over the western, central, southeastern, and northeastern parts of the country from Friday, 22nd January, the weatherman has warned.
According to an advisory issued in Nairobi by Meteorological Department Director Stella Aura, the downpour is expected to continue on Saturday, 23rd January, over the highlands west of the Rift Valley, southeastern lowlands, and highlands east of the Rift Valley.
The rainfall is likely to reduce in intensity on Sunday, 24th January, 2021.
Aura also noted that the strong easterly to southeasterly winds being experienced over the northwestern region are likely to strengthen more than 15 metres per second while northerly winds of more than 12.9 metres are expected over eastern parts of the country from Friday, 22nd to Saturday 23rd January.
Counties most likely to be affected by the deluge, include Migori, Homa Bay, Siaya, Kisumu, Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Narok, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Murang’a, Embu, Meru, Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, Isiolo, Samburu, Marsabit, and Turkana.
Residents of those areas have been advised to be on the lookout for potential floods and strong winds. Floodwaters might appear even in places where it has not rained heavily, especially downstream, strong winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees and cause structural damages.
The people have also been advised to avoid driving through, or walking in moving water or open fields and not to shelter under trees and near grilled windows to minimise exposure to lightning strikes.