Rare hail storm pounds Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman

Inclement weather, blowing dust expected to continue until Sunday

  • Small pieces of ice bounce off the asphalt road during a rare hailstorm in Dubai.Image Credit: Arshad Ali / Gulf News
  • Dubai experienced a hailstorm on Friday night, forcing residents having a night stroll to run for cover.Image Credit: Supplied
  • Pebble-like hail storm dropping on a rooftop pool in Dubai.Image Credit: Supplied
  • Pea-sized pieces of ice rained down in parts Dubai on Friday, forcing residents to run for cover.Image Credit: Cesar Valondo / Gulf News
  • Hailstorm rains down on a building rooftop pool in Dubai.Image Credit: Cesar Valondo / Gulf News
  • Inclement weather brough heavy thunderstorm and lightning in Sharjah and much of the UAE on Friday.Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan / Gulf News
  • A boy walks on the pavement near Sharjah University after heavy rains pounded the UAE on Friday night.Image Credit: Arshad Ali / Gulf News
  • Heavy thunderstorm flood parts of Mohammed bin Zayed Road in Ajman.Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan / Gulf News
  • Vehicles make their way through Sharjah's flooded roaded following a heavy thunderstorm coupled with hail Image Credit: Arshad Ali / Gulf News
  • After the rain: Flooded streets in Sharjah. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan
  • Strong winds brought by the Friday night thunderstorm brought advertising panel down.Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan / Gulf News
  • Flooded roads after the a heavy thunderstorm in Sharjah.Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan / Gulf News
  • Moderate rain pounds Abu Dhabi. Weathermen said unstable weather brought by a cold mass over the UAE enhances Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty / Gulf News
  • Residents welcomed the moderate rain in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and parts of the northern emirates on Friday as an upImage Credit: Ahmed Kutty / Gulf News
  • Doctors advised people with breathing problems to stay indoors, but these children didn't bother and went Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty / Gulf News
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Dubai: A rare hail storm pounded parts of Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman on Friday night, forcing some residents hanging out to run to run for cover as pea-sized pieces of ice started peppering them for an intense few minutes.


“It's the first time I experienced this kind of hail storm in the eight years I’ve been here in Dubai,” said an Asian resident of Abu Hail.


“I was swimming in the pool on our building’s rooftop with friends at around 9pm, and I thought someone was pelting us with pebbles,” he added. The hailstorm forced many to a safer ground.


“I was walking on the road with my children when the hailstorm suddenly came," said a father of two. "We had to run for some cover because we’re not used to it -- and I thought it won’t stop anytime soon. But it’s nice to see this once in a while.”


The hailstorm was intense, but brief, said a resident of Al Zafrana Building in Deira.
Weathermen from National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) had reported on Thursday that an upper air cold mass hovered over the UAE.


Meanwhile, residents welcomed the moderate rains in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and parts of the northern emirates from around noon. 


The mercury dropped in the last two days of drizzling while blowing fine dust in certain areas affected visibility. 


Strong north-westerly wind generate high waves lashed the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.


Doctors also advised people with breathing problems to stay indoors.
Weathermen had raised the red flag on fishermen, advising them stay away from the sea due to the inclement weather, since Wednesday night due to a surface trough coming in from the Red Sea area.


Cloudy, windy and dusty conditions spread across the emirates as forecasters repeated a severe weather warning.


Light rainfall was felt in Dubai, Sharjah, Al Hamra in the western region of Abu Dhabi on Friday.


Weathermen expect unstable weather over a huge swathe of the UAE, with a probability of rain clouds accumulation over the eastern mountain region.


This weather pattern was expected to remain until Sunday, with a drop in temperature likely to continue.
  

 


 

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  • HASAN ALI TARIQ

    Mar 15, 2014 2:40

    its sound in sharjah like some very heavy thing drew on our building

  • Shibu Mathews

    Mar 15, 2014 12:07

    I don't know about pea sized ones, but the ones I saw and those whichfell in Ajman were as big as a small cabbage. The destruction ofproperty in Ajman is huge. Gulfnews needs to understand there is a worldoutside Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. In my building alone there were10-12 cars with windows which were smashed in due to the hail stones.

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its sound in sharjah like some very heavy thing drew on our building

HASAN ALI TARIQ

15 March 2014 15:43jump to comments