Expect heavy rains this week, weatherman warns

A flooded section of Kenyatta Avenue roundabout after heavy rains in Nairobi the area was flooded due to poor drainage system. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]

The current heavy downpour being experienced across the country is expected to continue throughout the week, the Kenya Meteorological Department has said.

In the latest forecast, the weatherman said the rain is expected to intensify in coming days, warning that residents residing in the Nairobi, South and Central Rift Valley regions, as well as South-eastern lowlands, South Coast, and some parts of North Eastern, may experience floods.

The rainfall is also expected to hit the Northern coastal region as well Lake Basin and other parts of the country.

The weather agency also said that the South Coast and Western part of the country will experience strong winds.

The forecast cites Embu, Nyeri, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Murang'a, Meru, Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi, Nairobi, Narok, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru, Kitui and  Machakos counties as areas of concern likely to experience heavy downpour, floods, and strong winds.

Other counties are Makueni, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Wajir and Garissa.

“Flood waters may appear in places where it has not rained heavily especially downstream,” reads the warning.

Kenya Met has asked Kenyans to avoid walking or driving through moving water or open fields.

The weatherman has also cautioned Kenyans not to shelter under trees and near grilled windows to minimize exposure to lightning strikes.

“The strong winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees and cause structural damage,” read part of the forecast.