Severe Thunderstorm Cells Moving Across Northeastern Nigeria: The Nigerian Meteorological Agency has issued a warning about an imminent severe thunderstorm that has been detected in the northeastern part of the country. According to the agency’s spokesperson, Muntari Ibrahim, the thunderstorm cells are currently moving in a North-East-South-West direction, with a ground speed of 30 km/h. Areas such as Borno, Adamawa, Gombe, and Taraba are likely to be affected.
Thunderstorm Cell Developing Over Jos: The statement from the agency also highlights the development of another thunderstorm cell over Jos’ high ground. This cell is accompanied by squally wind and heavy rains and is expected to move westward, potentially affecting parts of Gombe, Bauchi, Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Enugu, Ebonyi, and northern Cross River in the next three to six hours. Residents in these areas should be prepared for inclement weather conditions.
Thunderstorms Expected in Kaduna, FCT, and Niger State: In addition to the aforementioned areas, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency predicts thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rains in parts of Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and Niger State within the next six hours. The agency advises the public to exercise caution as strong winds may precede the rains, posing risks to trees, electric poles, unsecured objects, and weak buildings. Individuals are urged to stay indoors during heavy rainfall to avoid lightning strikes.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency emphasizes the importance of staying informed about weather conditions, particularly for airline operators who are advised to regularly check weather reports from NiMet. The agency also urges disaster risk managers, agencies, and individuals to be proactive in their preparations to minimize potential loss of lives and property during the rainy season. The Central Forecast Office (CFO) of NiMet will continue to monitor the weather situation and provide updates as necessary.