The Met Department has warned Kenyans to be vigilant as very strong winds are expected to hit at least 15 counties  starting from Thursday, July 16.

The winds are expected to cause massive destruction such as blowing off roofs and uprooting trees.

According to the weatherman, the wind will be moving at a speed of 30 knots (15.4 metres/second) on Thursday.

The speed will then escalate to 40 knots (20.56 metres/second) on Friday, July 17.

The pressure will have eased on July 18th and 19th (Saturday and Sunday) at 15.4 m/s and 2.5 m/s respectively.

“The wave height is likely to be three metres over the Kenya coastal waters on Friday and is expected to reduce to 2.5 metres on Sunday, July 19,” the met department says.

The most vulnerable counties to these winds are: Tana River, Taita Taveta, Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, Makueni, Kitui, Marsabit, Turkana, Samburu, Mandera, Wajir, Isiolo and Garissa.

The department has urged residents in the above-mentioned counties to be on the lookout for the potentially destructive winds which are expected to strike at any time from Thursday.

“Strong winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees and cause structural damages. Very high waves may lower visibility, cause capsizing of boats and threaten the safety of those engaged in water sports and recreational activities. Those in the areas of concern should be on high alert,” warned the met department.” The department has warned.