Rare Windstorm Hits Parts Of Kenya, Causes Power Outages

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The windstorm hit parts of the country including Thika, Murang’a, Nairobi and Machakos causing widespread power outages. PHOTO | COURTESY

By Daily Nation

A rare windstorm swept across Kenya and some parts of Tanzania Tuesday afternoon catching many unawares.

The heavy windstorm caused power outages in the capital Nairobi, Murang’a in central, Thika and Machakos towns on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Meteorologists said the windstorm marks the start of short rain season.

Kenya Meteorological Department deputy director Samwel Mwangi explained that the wind is as a result of unstable air and is likely to give showers and possibly thunderstorm in several parts of the country.

“We are having a bit of stormy weather all over. It is coming in with a bit of rains here and there. There is strong winds and where it has not rained for a while, we have seen dust being carried around by the strong winds,” Mr Mwangi said.

The weatherman urged Kenyans to be careful as the strong wind is likely to blow away roofs, billboards or rocks. Read more>>

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