The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMET, has notified the residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Enugu, Kogi, and 22 other states of a 48-hour downpour beginning from Thursday, 28th September, News About Nigeria reports.
The agency made the revelation in its weekly heavy rainfall forecast bulletin released on Wednesday.
NiMET also told residents of the states to also expect flash floods.
The states listed are Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, Delta, Bayelsa, Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kwara, and Benue.
The bulletin reads in part: “Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected within the forecast period (Thursday 28th and Friday 29th, September 2023) over parts of Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, Edo, Delta, and Bayelsa.
“Other States are; Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kwara, Benue State and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The expected moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to cause some flash flooding over their areas of occurrence.
“Strong winds should accompany the rains with the strongest winds expected over parts of Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Bauchi, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, and Kebbi State.”
The agency also stated that other parts of the country will experience light to moderate rainfall within the 2 days.
NiMET, therefore, cautioned residents of the states to avoid driving through surface runoff waters, as they have strong undercurrents.
The agency also revealed that slippery road surfaces and reduced visibility are other hazards that may be triggered by the downpours in these states.