• Wed. Feb 21st, 2024

Weather Alert:Nigerian Meteorological Agency Predicts 48-Hour Heavy Rainfall Forecast in Multiple Nigerian States

Nigerian States Brace for 48-Hour Heavy Rainfall: Precautions and Alerts

As the rainy season continues its course, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has issued a significant weather alert. Heavy rainfall is expected in numerous states across Nigeria, with the potential for flash floods and other associated hazards. 

NiMet’s Rainfall Forecast

NiMet’s weather forecast indicates that a series of heavy rainfalls are looming over several Nigerian states, posing potential risks to the affected regions. These rainfalls are expected to last for a span of 48 hours, creating conditions conducive to flash floods and other weather-related challenges.

States at Risk

The following states are at risk of heavy rainfall and its associated hazards:

1. Katsina

2. Kano

3. Jigawa

4. Bauchi

5. Gombe

6. Plateau

7. Borno

8. Adamawa

9. Taraba

10. Kaduna

11. Niger

12. Nasarawa

13. Kogi

14. Enugu

15. Edo

16. Delta

17. Bayelsa

18. Abia

19. Anambra

20. Akwa Ibom

21. Cross River

22. Ebonyi

23. Kwara

24. Benue State

25. Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

Expected Impact

The heavy rainfall predicted by NiMet carries several potential hazards and impacts, including:

1. Flash Flooding: 

The sudden, intense rainfall can lead to flash floods in affected areas, posing risks to residents and property.

2. Strong Winds:

Alongside heavy rain, strong winds are expected in several states, including Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Bauchi, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, and Kebbi State.

3. Disrupted Transportation:

 The heavy rainfall may lead to slippery road surfaces and reduced visibility, making road travel perilous. NiMet advises caution and suggests avoiding driving through surface runoff waters due to their strong undercurrents.

4. Infrastructure Damage:

The inclement weather can cause damage to infrastructure, including roads and bridges.

5. Public Health Concerns:

Floods and stagnant water can give rise to waterborne diseases. There’s a heightened risk of disease outbreaks during and after heavy rainfall.

Safety Precautions

To minimize the risks associated with heavy rainfall, NiMet recommends the following safety precautions:

1. Civil Protection Service Activation:

Civil protection service and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) authorities should activate contingency plans for disaster preparedness and emergency response. This includes raising public awareness, providing assistance to victims, and conducting search and rescue operations.

2. Stay Informed:

Residents are encouraged to stay informed about weather updates and advisories. Keeping tabs on forecasts can help individuals and communities prepare for adverse weather conditions.

3. Avoid Flooded Areas:

If possible, avoid areas prone to flooding. Do not drive or walk through flooded streets or paths, as strong undercurrents can pose significant risks.

4. Secure Belongings: 

Secure loose objects, outdoor equipment, and belongings that could be damaged or swept away by strong winds or flooding.

5. Disconnect Electrical Appliances:

 Before heavy rainfall, consider disconnecting electrical appliances to prevent damage from electrical surges caused by water infiltration.

6. Seek Shelter: 

In case of heavy rain and strong winds, seek shelter in sturdy structures and stay indoors until the weather conditions improve.

Conclusion

NiMet’s weather forecast serves as a crucial alert for residents and authorities in the affected states. It is essential to heed these warnings, take preventive measures, and stay prepared to mitigate the potential risks associated with heavy rainfall and its aftermath.

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