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Published on : Thursday, November 21, 2013
Heavy rain and hail storms started lashing parts of Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning, with thundershowers forecast across the UAE. It has also begun to rain in Dubai and Sharjah, heavily in some areas. Police are warning motorists to be extremely cautious while driving.
The weather system made its entry into the UAE’s western coastal and inland areas on Wednesday night as heavy rain and hail storms hit. Trees and electric poles were uprooted in some areas.Emergency services were put on alert amid warnings from police and the national weather bureau for the general public and motorists.
The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) reported that heavy rain lashed Dalma recording some 80mm, followed by Ghouafat 41.4mm, Al Yasat 38.4mm, Sir Bani Yas 29.2mm, Al Ruwais 25.8mm, and Tarfa 14mm.Thunderstorm and strong winds have uprooted tress in Ruwais. Residents of Al Hamra, in the western region, told Gulf News that a hailstorm had battered the town early Thursday.
Conditions were similar in Mirfa and the neighboring areas.A thick layer of cloud was also seen over Ras Al Khaimah at around 6am and lightning and thunder was also reported. Thunder activity was also seen off Dubai coast.The weather system has moved in from the upper Arabian Gulf after dumping torrential rain in Kuwait, Bahrain, Eastern Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
The NCMS has issued warnings for the several days of the pending inclement weather expected to continue.The weather system has gradually been extending across the country with some high clouds Thursday morning in Al Ain as well.Police have warned people to avoid going to valleys and areas where rainwater could pose a danger to life.