Editor's Review

Gusty winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees and cause structural damages, the weatherman warned.

Kenya Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall and strong winds will hit various parts of the country this week.

In a notice, the weatherman pointed out that the rains will intensify and then reduce from Thursday. 

"Heavy rainfall of more than 30mm in 24hrs is expected over several parts of the Lake Victoria Basin, the Rift Valley, Highlands West and East of the Rift Valley including Nairobi area on Tuesday 2nd April, 2024," the forecast read in part.

"The heavy rainfall is likely to intensify to more than 40mm in 24hrs and spread to Southeast Lowlands, coast and northern sector on Wednesday 3rd April, 2024. It is likely to reduce in intensity on Thursday 4th April, 2024. The heavy rainfall is likely to be accompanied by gusty winds," it added.

File image of heavy rains experienced in Nairobi. PHOTO | COURTESY

According to the weatherman, the counties of Nyamira, Nandi, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Siaya, Kisumu, Homabay, Busia, Migori, Narok, Baringo, Nakuru, Trans-Nzoia, Uasin-Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, West-Pokot and Turkana will all experience the rains.

Others include Samburu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang'a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu, Tharaka-Nithi, Nairobi, Machakos, Kitui, Makueni, Kajiado, Taita-Taveta, Mombasa, Tana-River, Kilifi, Lamu, Kwale, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Isiolo.

"Residents in all the mentioned areas are advised to be on the lookout for potential floods and flash floods. Residents are advised to avoid driving through, or walking in moving water or open fields and not to shelter under trees and near grilled windows to minimize exposure to lightning strikes," Kenya Met directed Kenyans.

"Gusty winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees and cause structural damages. Updates on the ensuing weather will be provided promptly," it further warned.

Kenya Red Cross has also warned residents in the mentioned areas to be on the lookout for possible floods.