Egypt is on high alert as it awaits the arrival of Storm Daniel, which has already wreaked havoc in countries located in the northwest of the Mediterranean Sea. The storm has caused persistent flooding in Greece, lasting for three consecutive days. Characterized by its semi-tropical nature, Storm Daniel brings with it fierce winds, rising sea waves, and the potential for floods.
Insights on Storm Daniel
Residents of Cairo are advised to prepare for the storm’s arrival, with specific warnings issued for Alexandria. Dr. Manar Ghanem, a member of the Media Center at the General Authority for Meteorology, stated that Storm Daniel has affected countries like Libya and Greece. The storm has produced wind speeds exceeding 75 kilometers per hour and heavy rainfall, leading to floods in various regions, especially in Libya.
In an exclusive statement to “Al-Masry Al-Youm”, Ghanem mentioned that in the coming days, a less intense version of Storm Daniel is expected to reach parts of the Egyptian coast. Starting from Monday, regions of Egypt will begin to feel the effects of the storm.
When Will Storm Daniel Reach Cairo?
Ghanem elaborated that what will reach Egypt are the remnants of Storm Daniel. The cities of Saloum and Matrouh will be the first to experience heavy to moderate rainfall, occasionally accompanied by thunderstorms. As Storm Daniel moves inland, its intensity will decrease, given that it has spent a significant amount of time over the Mediterranean Sea.
The Media Center representative at the General Authority for Meteorology further explained that as Storm Daniel moves over land, it will calm down and transition into a low-pressure system instead of a storm. Rainfall is expected to commence in Matrouh and Sinai, extending by evening to Alexandria, which will witness moderate rain. This will be accompanied by dusty winds, which will also affect Cairo and Upper Egypt.
Current Situation of Storm Daniel in Egypt
Starting Tuesday, unstable weather conditions and rainfall will spread to Cairo, the Delta, and other inland areas. These rains will be accompanied by thunderstorms of varying intensity. There will also be a noticeable drop in temperature, with the winds making it feel even colder. The intensity of the rainfall will vary from day to day and from one province to another.
How to Prepare for Storm Daniel
With Storm Daniel approaching, it’s crucial for residents to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety and minimize potential damage. Here’s a guide on how to prepare:
Regularly check local news outlets and the Meteorological Department’s updates for the latest information on the storm’s progression and intensity.
Secure Your Home:
- Reinforce windows with storm shutters or board them up with plywood.
- Clear your yard of any loose items like garden tools, furniture, or toys that could become projectiles in strong winds.
- Check your roof for any loose tiles or shingles and secure them.
- Ensure that your drains and gutters are clear of debris to prevent flooding.
Prepare an emergency kit that includes:
- Non-perishable food and water for at least three days.
- A flashlight with extra batteries.
- A first-aid kit.
- Essential medications.
- Important documents in a waterproof container.
- A battery-powered radio to stay updated on the storm’s progress.
Know your evacuation routes and have a plan in place in case you need to leave your home. Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas.
During the storm, it’s safest to stay inside. Stay away from windows and doors, and seek shelter in an interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
Protect Your Electronics:
Unplug electrical appliances and charge your mobile devices in advance. Consider investing in a surge protector for essential electronics.
Check on Neighbors:
If safe to do so, check on neighbors, especially the elderly or those with disabilities, to ensure they are prepared.
Take care of your pets and stay animals:
Bring pets indoors and ensure they have enough food and water. If you have strays around your house, ensure they are in a safe and sheltered location.
Do not attempt to walk or drive through floodwaters. Just six inches of moving water can knock an adult off their feet, and a foot of water can sweep away most vehicles.
In situations like these, it’s essential to remain calm and think clearly. Follow the guidelines provided by local authorities and prioritize the safety of yourself and your loved ones.
Remember, while property can be replaced, lives cannot. Prioritize safety above all else during the storm.