HUGE DUST STORM HITS NAIROBI, PARTS OF KENYA AND NORTHERN TANZANIA
(Posted 01st October 2019)
(Picture by ‘KenyanTrafficonTwitter’)
A massive sand and dust storm blitzed the Kenyan capital of Nairobi today late afternoon, before moving on and doing similar damage in Northern Tanzania.
The heavy gusts of wind wreaked havoc with bill boards, poorly secured roofs and building attachments in Nairobi around half past five in the afternoon. As a result were power poles and lines also knocked down, causing electricity outages across the city, seeing repair crews brace the storm as they raced to contain the situation.
This kind of weather phenomenon has taken place before but the extent of the dust clouds and the ferocity of the winds were rather unprecedented.
Traffic in parts of Nairobi came to a standstill as a result due to very poor visibility for drivers.
There were some reported delays in flights in and out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport but air traffic has since normalised again.
Meteorogical services in East Africa moved swiftly to issue bad weather warnings to locations in the way of the dust clouds.
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