Extreme windy weather can cause great destruction and it is, therefore, important to have the basic knowledge about how to stay safe.
On Tuesday evening, a windstorm was witnessed in some parts of Central Kenya triggering numerous reactions from Kenyans.
It is also reported that Arusha, Tanzania also witnessed a similar occurrence. In Kenya, Thika, Machakos and Kirinyaga seemed to have been most affected.
Although most of the reactions were full of humour, some Kenyans were concerned by the fact that the strong winds were calamitous.
In most cases, such happenings find us unprepared or if we are lucky enough, a prediction from the meteorological department could be helpful.
PARTS of Nairobi, Kitui, Kirinyaga and Thika have experienced strong winds with similar reports from Arusha, Tanzania. pic.twitter.com/JJ2ns2u3Qw
— CapitalFM Breaking News (@BreakingNewsKE) October 1, 2019
Here are some of the things you should observe during a windystorm
Your safety should always come first. It is advisable to seek shelter in a house, especially a basement area and away from the doors and windows. At this point, it is wise to stay off unfinished buildings.
If you cannot seek shelter in a building, you can take refuge in a ditch or other depression in the ground, lie face down on the ground and protect your head with your hands.
2. Stay informed
It is important to be aware of what is happening. You can stay updated by following up on news updates and the weather departments channels.
If you can access your phone, make sure you do not miss out on the memos and details of helplines in case you will need help. Do as the authority says
3. Avoid the danger zones
Avoid staying under trees or near electricity posts.
4. Confirm that you are safe after the winds
Make sure that your home is safe after the winds by inspecting the area for damage. Check the roof and structures that might have been weakened, such as the shed. Do not touch downed power lines or electrical installations.