Nigeria: Expect heavy rain, flight disruptions, Nimet warns
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has warned of possible heavy rain in the days to come with risk of flooding of roads, low-lying settlements, disruption of traffic due to closed roads, and possible delay in flight operations.
The Central Forecast Office (CFO) published a three day forecast today that indicates thunderstorms are expected over parts of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi and Kaduna.
Others expecting same are Jigawa, Gombe, Kano and Yobe states. Parts of Niger, FCT and Nasarawa also have prospects of thunderstorm and intermittent rains.
In addition, the statement stated that there is a possibility of moderate to heavy rains in parts of Benue, Bauchi, Plateau, Southern Borno, Gombe, and Southern Yobe, while cloudy conditions and light rains are forecast in the remaining part of the country.
”As a result of the expected heavy rainfall and presence of the good amount of soil moisture over most places in the next couple of days, there are chances of flooding of roads, low lying settlements, stream and river channels, disruption of traffic due to flood or closed roads, reduction in visibility, possible delay in flight operations, damage to mud houses and makeshift structures, possible damage to roads and bridges,” a statement signed by General Manager Public Relations,NiMET, Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim read.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, therefore, advised commuters to wait until the rains are over before commuting. NiMet assures continuous monitoring and updates on any changes in weather patterns.