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Following observed thundercloud activities in the north eastern part of the country the Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMet has alerted the public on a possible heavy rainfall activities in the coming days in some states in the northern part of the country.
According to a release issued today by the
GM/Public Relations NIMET, Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim
“Thunderstorm cells are currently observed over the northern parts of the country including
Borno, Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi and Kano. These are expected to propagate westward to give
squally thunderstorm to some cities.” it reads.
The statement further revealed that the
current thunderstorm cells are expected to propagate easterly to give thunderstorms
accompanied with squall to cities in Plateau, FCT, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Adamama, Yobe, Borno,
Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano and Katsina states in the next 2-6 hours.
For areas where thunderstorms are expected, strong winds are likely to precede the rains
and as such, trees, electric poles, unsecured objects and weak buildings may be felled, so the public is advised to be cautious and stay in-door especially during heavy rainfall to avoid being
struck by lightning.
The statement advised all Airline operators to avail themselves of weather reports periodically from
NiMet for effective planning in their operations.
It also notes that moderate to heavy rainfall could lead to flash flood, hence the public is advised to take necessary
Disaster risk managers, agencies and individuals should be proactive, to avert loss of lives
and property during the rainy season.
The Central Forecast Office (CFO) in NiMet will continue to monitor the weather and provide updates when necessary.