The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has warned the people in Masvingo, Matabeleland South, Midlands, and Manicaland that they are likely to receive heavy rains in excess of 50 mm tomorrow. A statement published by the department states that:
The cloudy and humid conditions currently affecting the country resulted in scattered thunderstoms and rain yesterday. Notable rainfall amounts recorded this morning were 40mm (Beitbridge), 20mm (Mukandi), 20mm (Kadoma), 17mm (Binga), 16mm (Goers), 14mm (Masvingo), 13mm (Victoria Falls) and 11mm(Belvedere).
FORECAST FOR TOMORROW, SUNDAY 17 JANUARY 2021:
Widespread rainfall activity which might be thundery in places. with localized heavy downpours ni excess of 50 mm in 24hours is expected along and to the south of the main watershed covering, Masvingo, Matabeleland south, Midlands and Manicaland province. These stones may be associated with destructive winds.
- Flooded rivers remain a potential hazard: even if it has not rained heavily in the area. heavy rains may have occtuTed upstream.
- Heavy downpours may reduce visibility and flood dangers become difficult to perceive dining heavy rains
- Lightning remains a potential threat to Munan life.
ACTIONS TO TAKE
- When Thunder Roars. it is best to be indoors! Do not shelter under trees or in isolated sheds
- Avoid crossing flooded rivers and swollen streams whether on foot or in a vehicle.
- Keep away from metal equipment and pipes. as these are prone to lightning strikes.
- Do not ride at the back of an open truck or chive a tractor during a storm.
- Avoid driving when visibility is poor, more so at night and during heavy rains.
- Ensure rooftops are strongly secured and intact as the potential of wind gust is high.
- Stay Weather-Ready and Enviromnent-Safe.