The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has warned residents of some northern states on possible heavy rainfalls in the coming days.
The agency gave the warning in a statement by it’s General Manager, Public Relations Muntari Ibrahim on Thursday in Abuja.
According to NiMet, “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.”
“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”.
The agency therefore advised that,”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.
“ All airline operators to( should) avail themselves of weather reports periodically fromNiMet 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.”