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Nairobi, Central Kenya residents warned of flash floods anytime from now.

A section of Makongeni's Phase 13 that was submerged in flashfloods in November last year during the short rains season. 

The Kenya Meteorological Department has issued a weather advisory for the next few days on heavy rain and storm expected across the country, predicting that the heat over the last few days will give way to heavy rain over the coming days.

In a circular to newsrooms, the department predicts an increase in rainfall over various parts of the country starting today (Wednesday 28th Feb. 2018).

However, they say that this is not proper onset of the March-May rainfall season. They expect heavy rainfall of more than 50mm in the next 24 hours in Nairobi, Central, Western, Rift Valley, Nyanza and the Southeastern lowlands.

The advisory notes that the rain will reduce in intensity over the Eastern, Coastal and Northern regions but moderate rainfall will continue over the rest of the contry.

“The heavy rain is likely to continue on Friday 2nd March 2018 over counties in the South Coast, Western, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Northern, Central, Nairobi and Southeastern lowlands, they said in an advisory.

Among areas of concern which include Kericho, Kisii, Bomet, Narok, Migori, Kakamega, Kajiado, Nakuru, Kwale, Marsabit, Turkana, Samburu, Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni and Taita Taveta.

The Met. Department is cautioning people residing in urban areas to be on the lookout of flashfloods.

“In dry riverbeds, moving water may suddenly appear. Soil erosion may occur in areas that have been dry and have bare soil,” continued the alert.

Kenyans are consequently advised to continue listening to the local media stations as updates will be if conditions change significantly.

“Further advisories will be issued as we follow up on the progress of this weather event,” they said.

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