The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned of strong winds and waves expected to hit the Eastern and Coastal Regions of Kenya, for a duration of four days.
In a statement sent out to the public on Wednesday, the department stated that the heavy winds of more than 20 meters per second (m/s) will be experienced from Sunday 21st July, 2019 to 24th July, 2019. Moreover, large waves of more than 3 meters will be experienced over the Indian Ocean.
“Strong southerly winds of more than 20 meters per second (m/s) are expected over the eastern parts of Kenya including the coastal regions on Sunday 21st July, 2019. They are expected to strengthen on Monday 22nd July to 25 m/s with large waves of more than 3 meters over the Indian Ocean. The strong winds of 25m/s and high waves of more than 3m are projected to continue to Tuesday 23rd July. The strong winds are likely to reduce to 20m/s on 24th July, 2019. While the wave heights may reduce to 2 meters on the same day” read the statement.
Residents living within the areas have since been urged to be on the lookout, since the strong winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees and cause structural damages, while very high waves may lower visibility, cause capsizing of boats and threaten the safety of those engaging in the water sports and recreational activities
“Residents in all mentioned areas are advised to be on the lookout for potential gale (very strong winds) and very large waves. Strong winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees and cause structural damages. Very high waves may lower visibility, cause capsizing of boats and threaten the safety of those engaging in the water sports and recreational activities. Those in the areas of concern should be on high alert. People are urged to continue listening to local media as updates will be provided if conditions change significantly. Further advisories may be issued as we follow the progress of these weather events,” the department said.
Counties expected to be affected include; Turkana, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Isiolo, Meru, Embu, Garissa, Kitui, Makueni, Machakos, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, Taita Taveta and Southern Kajiado.