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02 February 2017

Tuesday rainstorm: We didn’t see it coming – Meteorological Agency

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The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMA) says it did not anticipate the nature of storm that hit parts of the country last Tuesday.

Senior Meteorologist, James Dusu told Joy News Wednesday that although they had expected some rains along the coast, they were not in the form witnessed.

A destructive storm which struck on Tuesday destroyed some homes and properties in major parts of the country.

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Ghana’s legislature suffered colossal destruction when its roofing came thundering down resulting in an abrupt adjournment of a sitting held under a certificate of urgency.

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Media men who were seated in the public gallery were spotted harvesting the water into pet bottles.

Water gushed unrestrained into the GHC16 million refurbished building which was done by Messrs China State Hualong Construction Limited in 2014.

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Several other buildings, electric transformer, electric poles and some economic trees were damaged in the course of the storm.

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No death has been recorded so far in the rainstorm.

The weather agency said it never expected the rainstorm which hit the Greater Accra and Central Regions.

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Mr Dusu explained the storm developed over Southern and Coastal Benin and headed to Togo but did not see it coming to Ghana.

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He admitted they had expected a storm but not of the strength witnessed.

“Sometimes these storms begin and come after some number of days…but we do not usually see these storms in February,” Mr Dusu said.

 

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