Planning a dream safari or a relaxing beach escape in Kenya? Hold on a minute, fellow adventurer! Our East African paradise is currently under the watchful eye (literally!) of a tropical cyclone named Hidaya. Don’t worry. This is not a reason to cancel your trip entirely, but it is a reason to be informed and prepared.

The Story of Hidaya: Birth of a Cyclone

Imagine a massive bathtub filled with warm water – that’s the Indian Ocean in a nutshell. As the sun beats down, the water heats up, creating energy. Like a naughty child, this energy starts swirling and churning, eventually forming a low-pressure system. This, my friends, is the recipe for a cyclone. Cyclone Hidaya is that energetic child, born east of Tanzania and poised to make landfall around May 5th, 2024.

This swirling storm brewed in the South Indian Ocean, just east of Tanzania. Unlike hurricanes, which favour warmer waters further north, cyclones tend to shy away from the equator due to cooler temperatures. But Hidaya seems to be breaking the rules!

The Eye of the Storm: Where Will Hidaya Hit?

The reassuring news? Thanks to the equator acting as a protective barrier, Kenya’s coast will likely be spared the full force of Hidaya’s fury. The cyclone’s eye, the calm centre surrounded by ferocious winds, is expected to land south of the equator in Tanzania. However, Kenya’s coast will still experience the storm’s outer edges, with heavy rains and strong winds expected to start around May 5th and intensify over the next few days.

Your Survival Guide

So, what if your Kenyan adventure coincides with Hidaya’s visit? Here are some essential tips:

  • Empower Yourself: Take charge of your safety! Equip yourself with a reliable weather app and stay updated with official forecasts from the Kenya Meteorological Department. In case of emergencies, please do not hesitate to call the National El-Nino Emergency and Disaster Response Command Center at 0800 721 571. This is a toll-free number, so you will not be charged for the call.
  • Priority: Your Safety. Respect and follow the instructions of local authorities, especially if you are in a coastal region or near overflowing dams. They may issue mandatory evacuations for your protection.
  • Secure Your Safety: Do not brave the storm alone. Seek refuge in a sturdy building, away from windows and doors. Hotels are often a reliable choice.
  • Be prepared: Ensure you have enough food, water, and essential medications to last a few days in case of power outages or road closures. Do not forget to pack a good book or a deck of cards to keep yourself entertained!
  • Avoid the Outdoors: There is a better time to befriend the wildlife. Strong winds and flash floods can be hazardous. Stay indoors and wait for the storm to pass.

Remember: A little caution goes a long way. By staying informed and taking necessary precautions, you can ensure your Kenyan adventure, even with a touch of cyclone drama, becomes a story to tell, not a scary memory to forget.

Stay safe, fellow travellers!