Met dept warns of strong winds and large waves affecting 15 counties from Friday

Met dept warns of strong winds and large waves affecting 15 counties from Friday
The Kenya Meteorological Department headquarters. PHOTO / FILE

The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned of strong winds and large waves from Friday to Sunday over the Coast, Northwest and Eastern regions affecting 15 counties.

The State agency, in a statement released by Director Stella Aura, said strong southerly winds of more than 30 knots (15.4 meters per second) are expected over the regions on Friday.

The wind speed, she said, will then likely strengthen to more than 40 knots (20.6 meters per second) on Saturday to Sunday before reducing to 30 knots from Monday to Tuesday.

“The wave height is likely to be more than 2.6 meters over the Kenyan Indian Ocean Coastal waters from Friday 17th to Monday 19th July and to reduce to 2.4 meters on Tuesday 20th July, 2021,” read the statement.

According to the Met. Department, counties expected to be affected include; Marsabit, Turkana, Samburu, Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale.

“Residents in all the areas mentioned above are advised to be on the lookout for potential gale (very strong winds) and very large waves over the Indian Ocean. Strong winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees and cause structural damages,” warned the department.

“Very high waves may lower visibility, cause capsizing of boats and threaten the safety of those engaging in maritime activities. Those in the areas of concern should be on high alert.”

It further added: “People are urged to continue listening to local media as updates will be provided if conditions change significantly. Further advisories may be issued as the weather events evolve.”

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