Prepare For 3-Day Heavy Rainfall, Thunderstorms, NiMet Warns Nigerians

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency has predicted heavy rainfall in some parts of the country from Tuesday to Thursday.

The agency said the development might have effect on smooth flight operations across the country.

NiMET said within the next three days, there would be heavy rainfall over Southern Kebbi, Western Niger, Northern Katsina, Eastern Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Western Yobe, Gombe, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Eastern FCT and Kwara State.

The forecast was contained in the Impact-Based Weather Forecast released on Monday.

NiMet said there are chances of moderate to heavy rainfall over Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Ekiti, Edo, Kogi, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia, Ondo, Lagos, Delta and Bayelsa State within the period.

However, light rains are expected over the rest of the country, the forecast said.

In the area of where heavy rainfall is predicted, the agency said “There are increased chances of flashflood events on roads, settlements, farmlands and bridges which can disrupt vehicular traffic and reduce visibility.”

It, however, advised members of the public “to exercise restraint when going out, keep monitoring the situation, avoid low-lying areas and fast flowing runoff waters.”

The forecast added, “Also, there are chances of moderate to heavy rainfall events especially during the first and the third days which can reduce horizontal visibility, increasing the likelihood of cars skidding off the road and chances of car crashes, and likely delays in flight operations. Hence, the public is advised to be prepared for these events to avoid damages from rain-related hazard.”

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