The Kenya Meteorological Department has sent out an advisory to residents in the following areas due to heavy rains predicted to fall between Monday March 12th and Friday March 16th.

The areas forecast to experience heavy rainfall include:  Kisii, Kericho, Bomet, Narok, Migori, Kakamega, Kajiado, Nakuru, Kwale, Marsabit, Isiolo, Turkana, Samburu, Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Kilifi, Mombasa, Lamu and Taita Taveta. Heavy rainfall of more that 40mm in 24 hrs is likely to occur.

The following is the forecast on different days within the week;

Tuesday, March 13th

The counties in the following areas will be affected

  • Western
  • South and Central Rift Valley
  • Central Kenya
  • Nairobi area

Wednesday, March 14th

The counties in the following areas will be affected

  • South Rift Valley
  • Southern Lowlands
  • Central Kenya
  • Nairobi area

Thursday, March 15th & Friday March 16th

The counties in the following areas will be affected

  • Western
  • Coast
  • Rift Valley
  • Central and Southern Lowlands

In Nairobi county, the rain is likely to cause flash floods in the following areas which are known to be the main flooding zones.

  • South C Shopping Centre, Mathare, Huruma
  • Loresho, Muthangari/Kileleshwa Ring Road interchange
  • Lavington- Chalbi Drive
  • Globe Roundabout
  • Donholm, Mbagathi/Langata Road roundabout, Nairobi West
  • Ruai, Utawala, Mukuru slums, Kibera

Flooding is also expected in the low lying area of the county as follows;

  • Maziwa-Zimmerman on Kamiti Road
  • River Bank area on the Baba Dogo-Outer Ring Road
  • Garden Estate, Thome, Roysambu, Kahawa West
  • Ojijo Road, Museum Hill overpass and Underpass,
  • Nyayo Estate Embakasi, Eastleigh
  • Pangani area along Thika Rd Highway.

Refer to this guide for water levels

  • 15 cm (6 inches) of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and potential stalling. Drive Slowly.
  • 0.3 metres (1 ft) of water will float many vehicles. Avoid.
  • 0.6 metres (2 ft) of rushing water will carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups. Keep off.