NiMET Warns Airline Operators, Public of Thunderstorm, Heavy Rainfall in Northern States


The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) has warned airline operators and the public against thunderstorms, which may lead to heavy rainfall in some northern states of the country.

The agency has advised operators to always avail themselves of weather reports periodically from the agency for effective planning in their operations.

The agency also warned the public to be cautious and stay in-door especially during heavy rainfall to avoid being struck by lightning.

A statement issued by Mr. Ibrahim Muntari, General Manager, Public Affairs, NiMET listed the states that are prone to the thunderstorm to include: Borno, Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi and Kano, while additional 12 northern states may witnessed heavy rainfall within the period.

The 12 states, according to the statement include Plateau, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Adamama, Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano and Katsina and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

It added that heavy rainfalls are expected in these states in the next few hours.

Muntari hinted that thunderstorm cells are currently observed over the some of the northern parts of the country.

He highlighted that for areas where thunderstorms are expected, strong winds are likely to precede the rains and as such, trees, electric poles, unsecured objects and weak buildings may be felled.

It stated further that moderate to heavy rainfall could lead to flash flood; hence the public was advised to take necessary caution.

“Disaster risk managers, agencies and individuals should be proactive, to avert loss of lives and property during the rainy season.

“The Central Forecast Office (CFO) in NiMet will continue to monitor the weather and provide updates when necessary,” the statement added.

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