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Thunderstorms and Strong Winds Expected in Osun and 28 Other States

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Thunderstorms and Strong Winds Expected in Osun and 28 Other States
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted that thunderstorms, strong winds, and heavy rains will be experienced in Osun and 28 other states in the next three days. The states at risk of flooding and severe weather conditions include Ogun, Ondo, Edo, Rivers, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). NiMet advises the public to take precautions and avoid floodwaters and parking cars under trees. Emergency agencies, including NEMA, are also urged to be prepared.

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has issued a forecast indicating that severe weather conditions are expected in Osun and 28 other states across Nigeria. According to NiMet, thunderstorms, strong winds, and heavy rains will be experienced over the next three days.

The states especially at risk are Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Edo, Rivers, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Other states include Ebonyi, Cross River, Abia, Imo, Delta, Bayelsa, and Akwa Ibom.

The heavy rains are expected to cause flash floods, reduced visibility, and potential damage to weak structures. NiMet advises individuals to exercise caution during thunderstorms and to avoid floodwaters.

One of the main concerns during heavy rainfall is flash flooding. Flash floods can occur rapidly and pose significant risks to individuals and properties. It is important to avoid driving or walking through flooded areas as they may have strong currents and submerged hazards.

NiMet urges people to take necessary precautions by staying informed about weather updates and following guidelines issued by emergency agencies such as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Furthermore, NiMet advises against standing or parking cars under trees during thunderstorms, as there is a risk of falling branches or even uprooting of trees due to strong winds.

Emergency agencies, including NEMA, should also be prepared to respond to any incidents or emergencies that may arise as a result of the severe weather conditions.

The Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has also released a statement dismissing the belief that Cameroon's Lagdo Dam is a significant contributor to flooding in Nigeria.

In its 'Heavy Rainfall Forecast Bulletin,' NiMet lists the states that will be affected by the heavy rains. They include Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, Bauchi, Kogi, Taraba, Cross River, and Ebonyi. Other states include Abia, Imo, Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Ogun, Ondo, Edo, Osun, Gombe, and Rivers State.

The forecast highlights the potential risks associated with the heavy rainfall, including flash flooding of roads and low-lying settlements, disruption of traffic, reduced visibility, and damage to weak structures due to strong winds.

As the weather conditions unfold, individuals and communities are advised to stay updated on local weather reports and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

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