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Purple storm strikes Ras Al Khaimah

Watch: Residents took to social media to share stunning videos of Saturday night's rain, hail storm

  • Image Credit: Suwaid Al Kutbi/ Instagram
  • Image Credit: Suwaid Al Kutbi/ Instagram

Dubai: Residents in the northern Emirates were delighted to wake up to more rain on Sunday, as billowing rain clouds could be seen making their way to Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah.

The rains turned empty patches of land into pools, leaving some residents unable to reach their park

The rains turned empty patches of land into pools, leaving some residents unable to reach their park (Faisal Masudi/Gulf News)


The morning's downpour in Fujairah city is over, giving way to a sunny afternoon (Faisal Masudi/Gulf News)


According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), unstable weather will continue across the UAE on Sunday, with dark clouds and rainfall of different intensity expected to continue throughout the day, “and there may be lightening at times.”

Read our guide on how to safely drive in the rain

Moderate to strong winds will also pick up dust across exposed areas, and residents were also warned about rough seas in the Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea.

Residents visit the corniche to see the aftermath of the rains(Faisal Masudi/Gulf News)


Heavy rain is expected to hit various areas of the country on Sunday and Monday, according to the NCM, and is expected to subside by Monday afternoon.

Southeasterly to Northeasterly winds of 30-40km/h will affect the coastal areas, and may reach up to 65km/h at times. 

Residents flooded social media with photos and videos of Saturday night’s storm that affected many parts of the country, especially in Ras Al Khaimah and the northern emirates. 

Footafe of a purple storm was uploaded online by the UAE’s storm centre, capturing spectacular footage of lightning in a storm in Ras Al Khaimah.  

 

Water logged streets in Fujairah city slowed down traffic and created obstacles for pedestrians. Photo: (Ahmed Ramzan/ Gulf News)


The hail also affected Al Aweer Road and Maleha Road. 

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