Flood: 25 States, FCT To Experience Heavy Rainfall On Thursday, Friday – NiMet
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has said that twenty-five states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will experience heavy rainfall on Thursday September 28 and Friday, Septemebr 29 with the possibility of flash floods.
According to NiMet, the states projected to experience heavy rainfall include Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and Abia.
The forecast listed Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kwara, and Benue States, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to experience moderate to heavy rainfall.
According to the forecast very light or no rain is expected over the rest of the country. On infrastructure, NiMet also said strong winds are a threat to weak structures, trees, and masts, adding that people in affected states should disconnect electrical appliances before and not during the rains.
NiMet cautioned that the expected moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to cause some flash flooding over their areas of occurrence.
The agency also warned that strong winds may accompany the rains with the strongest winds expected over parts of Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Bauchi, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, and Kebbi States.
The agency warned members of the public, especially the driving population, not to drive through surface runoff waters, as they have strong undercurrents.
It maintained that other likely hazards include slippery road surfaces, reduced visibility during the rain, which can disrupt road traffic stressing that avoiding the temptation to drive through such surface water would be safer for all.