The Kenyan Meteorological department has on Wednesday July 15 issued an alert of strong winds and waves expected to hit 15 counties in the country.
In a statement the weatherman stated that Strong southerly winds of more than 30 knots (55.56 kilometres per hour) are expected over the coast and eastern region of Kenya on Thursday 16th July, 2020.
Counties likely to be affected are Marsabit, Turkana, Samburu, Mandera, Wajir, Isiolo, Garissa, Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale.
⚠️ Strong winds and large waves Alert
Strong southerly winds of more than 30 knots (15.4 meters per second) are expected over the coast and eastern sector of Kenya on Thursday 16th July, 2020. pic.twitter.com/m6nsYOuRzD
— Kenya Met Department (@MeteoKenya) July 15, 2020
Residents in the mentioned counties have been advised to high alert and on the lookout for strong winds which may leave a trail of destruction.
“Strong winds may blow off roofs, uproot tress and cause structural damages. Very high waves may lower visibility, cause capsizing of boats and threaten the safety of those engaging in water sports and recreational activities”, the alert read in part.
The wave height is likely to be more than 3 metres over the Kenya coastal waters on Friday, July 17 and is expected to reduce to 2.5 metres on Sunday, July 19.
“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 MET department noted.
Earlier in the week, South Africa reported the gale winds being experienced in various parts of the country including Cape Town.
The winds and large waves caused sea foam to spread across the city streets accompanied with chilly weather.