The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has predicted that more heavy rains will hit Ghana in the coming days, following a recent heavy downpour that caused flooding in some parts of the country. 

According to Principal Meteorologist, Mr. Kwa Wurodu, and a forecaster at MSD, Mr. Patrick Lamptey, the storm would come from the Eastern Region and sweep through the southern part of the country.

Speaking on various media networks in Accra yesterday, the two meteorologists hinted that a strong storm is coming from Nigeria and is currently at the Ghana-Togo border.

Friday, October 26, 2011 saw perhaps the strongest heavy downpour ever in Ghana where over 15,000 people were affected and also properties worth millions of Ghana cedis in parts of the Accra were destroyed.

Four of the deaths occurred around the Abbosey Okai and Obetsebi-Lamptey Circle, while the fifth person was electrocuted at a place behind the Kaneshie-Takoradi Station.

The rains also damaged pavements and washed away large portions of the asphalted road along the Obetsebi-Lamptey and the Kaneshie First Light highway.

Also in April this year, severe rainstorm in Zabzugu in the Northern Region injured four people and left over 300 others displaced.

The floods also swept a number of cars on the highway leading to motor accidents and serious traffic jam.

Mr. Wurodu disclosed that the country will experience more thunderstorms in this years? rainy season.

The rains, according to Mr. Wurodu and Mr. Lamptey, would be characterised by thunderstorms which will be accompanied by strong winds, particularly during the early part of the forecast.

Against this backdrop, he cautioned Ghanaians to refrain from activities that can cause floods saying that the country will experience higher rainfall pattern this rainy season.

?The public should desist from moving along the streets in areas where the storm is likely to strike,? he advised.

He further cautioned that because of the rainy season, the public must take warnings about the passing storm seriously and protect themselves.

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