NiMet Issues Heavy Rainfall Warning for 25 Nigerian States
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has issued a warning of heavy rainfall, potentially leading to flash floods, in twenty-five states and the Federal Capital Territory on September 28 and September 29.
Flash Flood Alert: NiMet Predicts Heavy Rainfall in 25 States and FCT
NiMet’s forecast highlights several states at risk of experiencing heavy rainfall and potential flash floods.
The list includes Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, and Abia.
Weather Advisory: NiMet Forecasts Heavy Rain and Flash Floods in Nigeria
NiMet has also projected moderate to heavy rainfall for Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kwara, and Benue States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
In contrast, the forecast indicates very light or no rain in the rest of the country.
Precautions Urged as NiMet Predicts Heavy Rainfall in Multiple Nigerian States
The weather agency has cautioned the public about the potential hazards associated with the heavy rainfall, including strong winds.
Weak structures, trees, and masts may be vulnerable to these winds. NiMet recommends disconnecting electrical appliances before, rather than during, the rains.
Safety First: NiMet’s Warning on Heavy Rain and Strong Winds
NiMet’s advisory underscores the likelihood of flash flooding in affected areas and emphasizes that strong winds could accompany the rainfall.
Particularly, states such as Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Bauchi, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, and Kebbi are expected to experience the strongest winds.
The agency’s warning extends to the driving population, urging them not to navigate through surface runoff waters due to the strong undercurrents.
Additional concerns include slippery road surfaces and reduced visibility during the rain, both of which can disrupt road traffic.
NiMet emphasizes that refraining from driving through surface water is a safer choice for everyone’s well-being.