The Lagos State Government has warned the settlers along the Atlantic ocean to evacuate their homes as the ripple effect of Hurricane Sandy which has tormented The United States of America for the past couple of days would hit Nigeria soon.
Although The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, urged the state residents not to panic, saying the alert was for them to know what to do to prepare for such occurrence, The Commissioner for Waterfront Development and Infrastructure, Mr. Adesegun Oniru, has stated that the government is predicting that Lagos may be hit within 7 to 14 days, the state would experience the ripple effect of the hurricane in its coast lines; the government has based its projection on, “experience, records and study of past happenings” and had started taking precautionary measures, he said.
“This warning is not to cause panic in Lagos, but to place us all on alert that if we notice anything unusual in our coast lines, we should not go near the waters but rather call government attention.
“This storm has hit the Caribbean and is now in USA. We always get a ripple effect of such happening in Lagos.
“This wind started in Africa, went west gathering more wind and later turning to hurricane. We expect a splash back effect. It could be on our coast lines and shore lines, it could be more than that. And it may not happen at all. Everybody must be vigilant. Let us be careful around our oceans and lagoons.” – Oniru
The government has put plans in place to protect Kuramo, Oniru, Majidun, Alpha beach; areas that have been affected in the past by ocean surges in Lagos.
The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on the Environment, Dr. Taofeek Folami, urged the residents of the state to avoid flooding effect of the storm by refraining from dumping their refuse into drainage channels.
About Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy was a tropical cyclone which affected portions of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States this October, 2012, and has become the largest Atlantic hurricane in diameter on record with a windfield 1,100 miles(1,800 km) in diameter. The eighteenth tropical cyclone and named storm and tenth hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, Sandy developed from a tropical wave in the western Caribbean Sea on October 21, 2012. It became a tropical depression, quickly strengthened, and was upgraded to a tropical storm six hours later. Sandy moved slowly northward toward the Greater Antilles and gradually intensified.
On October 24, Sandy was upgraded to a hurricane, shortly before making landfall in Jamaica. Upon moving farther north, Sandy re-entered water and made its second landfall in Cuba during the early morning of October 25 as a Category 2 hurricane. During the late evening of October 25, Sandy weakened to Category 1 strength; in the early hours of October 26, it headed north through the Bahamas. Sandy briefly weakened to a tropical storm in the early morning hours of October 27, then restrengthened to a Category 1 hurricane later that morning. Just before 8 a.m. EDT on October 29, Sandy turned to the north-northwest and started to make its expected approach towards the U.S. coast, still maintaining Category 1 strength. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced that the storm had come ashore about 8 p.m. EDT 5 miles(8 km) southwest of Atlantic City, New Jersey.On October 29, 2012, at 7 p.m. EDT, Sandy was declared a post-tropical cyclone.
Sandy’s impact on the United States affected at least 22 states, stretching from Florida to New England with tropical storm force winds stretching far inland and mountain snows in West Virginia. The cyclone brought a storm surge to New York City on the evening of October 29, with numerous streets and tunnels flooded in Lower Manhattan and other areas of the city.