Message Type:
Heavy Rainfall
Message Update No:
One
Advisory No:
02/2021
Date of Issue:
03 May 2021 17:00
Validity:
03 May 2021 17:00 - 06 May 2021 18:00
Urgency:
Expected
Severity:
Moderate
Certainty:
Moderate Probability of occurrence (33% to 66% chance)
Message Description:

The rainfall being experienced over several parts of the country is expected to continue this week. It is likely to intensify to more than 30 mm in 24 hrs over counties in the Lake Victoria Basin region, Counties in the Highlands West of the Rift Valley and along the coastline from 3rd to 6th May, 2021. This is likely to be accompanied by strong southerly winds of more than 20 knots (10M/S) and moderate significant wave heights of between 1.8M to 2.1M over the coastal areas. The heavy rainfall is projected to reduce in intensity on Friday 7th May, 2021.

Areas of Concern:

Coastal areas; Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu, and parts of Tana River. For the western parts of Kenya; Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru, Narok, Migori, Nandi, Bungoma, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya and Kakamega.

Instructions:

 

Residents in all the mentioned areas are advised to be on the lookout for potential floods. The water levels in rivers, lakes and dams over Lake Victoria Basin, the Highlands West, Central and South Rift Valley are expected to remain high. Residents are advised to avoid driving through, or walking in moving water or open fields and not to shelter under trees or near grilled windows to minimize exposure to lightning strikes. The heavy rains may lead to poor visibility. Small boats and crafts are advised to be on high alert because of potential strong winds and high waves. Updates will be provided promptly if there are any changes.

Message Addressed To:

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry; Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry; Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry; the Presidency; National Intelligence Service; Kenya Red Cross Society; Kenya Maritime Authority; Kenya Ports Authority; National Disaster Operations Centre; Media; Relevant Government Ministries; Council of Governors; County Directors of Meteorological Services (CDMs).

Originator:
Director, Kenya Meteorological Department