Nigeria’s meteorological agency, NiMet, in an advisory told residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Taraba, Benue, Cross River, Kwara, Niger, and Kogi states to prepare for moderate to heavy rainfall within the next three days.
NiMet also forecast same weather for Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Kogi, the FCT, Nassarawa, Edo, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Borno, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano, Imo, Abia and Ebonyi State from Wednesday morning to Friday evening,
The agency said in its weather advisory Tuesday.
“As a result of the expected moderate to heavy rainfall in the next three days, there are chances of flash flooding of roads and low-lying settlements,” the agency said. It added that “there could be disruption of traffic due to flooded or closed roads, reduction in visibility, likely damage to mud houses and possible disruption in flight operations.”
The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, lightning and thunder.
The agency therefore advised the public to exercise restraint, disconnect electrical appliances before, not during the storm, and avoid standing or parking cars under trees as much as possible. It also urged emergency agencies to be prepared and keep monitoring to avoid low-level areas and fast-flowing runoff waters.