Nigeria’s North East States To Experience Thunderstorms In Next Two Hours Plus – NiMet

By Miriam Humbe, Abuja
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (NiMet) has alerted the public on the possibility of heavy rainfall in the coming days in some states in the Northern part of the country.
NiMet said that the warning came as a result of observed thundercloud activities in the North Eastern part of the country.
NiMet’s General Manager, Public Relations, Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim said this in a statement signed on Thursday.
The statement said: “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 statement further said that the
current thunderstorm cells were expected to propagate Easterly to give thunderstorms accompanied with squall to cities in Plateau, Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa, Jigawa and Adamawa.
Others were Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano and Katsina states in the next 2-6 hours.
Advisories:
NiMet said that for areas where thunderstorms were expected, strong winds were likely to precede the rains
 and as such, trees, electric poles, unsecured objects and weak buildings may be felled.
NiMet therefore, advised the public to be cautious and stay in-doors, 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.
NiMet’s statement also said that moderate to heavy rainfall could lead to flash flood.
The Agency therefore, advised the public to take necessary caution.
Disaster risk managers, agencies and individuals were advised be proactive, to avert loss of lives and property during the rainy season.
NiMet said that its Central Forecast Office (CFO) would continue to monitor the weather and provide updates when necessary.

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