48-hour rain to pound FCT, Edo, Kwara, 22 states, NiMET alerts
Presidents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Edo, Kwara and 22 others states have been told to brace for 24-hour downpour. The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), which serves the notice, warned that the rain will pound identified states today and tomorrow.
In its weekly heavy rainfall forecast bulletin, the agency told the residents to expect flash floods.It listed the others states as Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, Delta, Bayelsa, Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kwara, and Benue.
The bulletin reads: “Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected within the forecast period (Thursday 28th and Friday 29th, September 2023) over parts of Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, Edo, Delta, and Bayelsa.
Other States are: “Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kwara, Benue State and the Federal Capital Territory.”
The agency said other parts of the country will experience light to moderate rainfall. On the likely impact of the rains, NiMet warned: “The expected moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to cause some flash flooding over their areas of occurrence.
“Strong winds should accompany the rains with the strongest winds expected over parts of Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Bauchi, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, and Kebbi State.” The agency cautioned residents against driving through surface runoff waters, as they have strong undercurrents.
It identified slippery road surfaces and reduced visibility as other hazards that may be triggered by the downpour. “Strong winds are a threat to weak structures, trees, and masts. Disconnect electrical appliances before and not during the rains”, the agency said.
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