Thunderstorms catch UAE residents by surprise

Floodwaters inundate low-lying areas as heavy rains lash different parts of the UAE

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    A rainy morning greets an Abu Dhabi resident on April 7, 2013.Image Credit: Hadrian Hernandez/Gulf News
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    A resident braves a rainy morning in Abu Dhabi on April 7, 2013.Image Credit: Hadrian Hernandez/Gulf News
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    A woman takes shelter during a rainy morning in Abu Dhabi on April 7, 2013.Image Credit: Hadrian Hernandez/Gulf News
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    Concert-goers enjoy the rain during the Night of Arabic Music Concert at Dubai Media City on April 6, 2013.Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News
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    Floodwater inundates a street in Al Ain at midnight on April 7, 2013, as rain lashes the emirate.Image Credit: Aftab Kazmi/Gulf News
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    Residents cross the street near Abu Dhabi Central Post office as heavy rains lashed parts of the UAE on SaturImage Credit: ABDUL RAHMAN/GULF NEWS
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    Residents enjoying rain on Saturday night in Sharjah.Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
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    Scene from Rolla area, Sharjah as heavy rains lashed parts of the UAE on Saturday Image Credit: ATIQ-UR-REHMAN/Gulf News
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    Scene from Buhaira Corniche area, Sharjah as heavy rains lashed parts of UAE on Saturday Image Credit: AHMED RAMZAN/Gulf News
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    Pedestrians stranded in Karama as heavy rains lashed Dubai on Saturday, April 6. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News
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Dubai: There are chances of more rain in parts of the UAE on Sunday, a day after thunderstorms lashed the country, the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said.

According to the NCMS weather bulletin, Sunday's weather is also expected to be hazy to partly cloudy at times.

Heavy rains late at night followed a dust storm that lashed the country on Saturday, forcing residents indoors. Sharjah was badly affected with winds reaching speeds of up to 70 km/h.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain started pounding Abu Dhabi city at around 8pm, disrupting traffic on some roads. Rainwater inundated some low-lying areas.

Overcast conditions later spread to other emirates, including Dubai, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and parts of Ras Al Khaimah where residents reported moderate to heavy rain.

Sunday weather forecast

According to weather forecasters, dust, rain, heavy cloud conditions and a "significant drop in temperature" are expected to persist across the country until Sunday.

Police and the national weather bureau have warned motorists to exercise caution while driving. The public is also advised to stay indoors as much as possible.
The sea was also rough due to strong winds.

Most parts of the emirates have been under a thick cover of fine dust since Thursday evening.

Spokesmen for Emirates and Etihad airlines said there were “no notices of diversions” as of Saturday evening.

Some minor traffic accidents were reported in Dubai and other emirates.

An unidentified ship, in the UAE waters sought permission to enter the port when the storm began. The captain, however, could not keep control of his vessel, which damaged other ships berthed in the port.

“Several ships were damaged as a result. The authority of Khalid port will assess the damages in the daylight,” a source from the port told Gulf News.

With inputs from Bassma Al Jandaly and Mariam Al Serkal, Senior Reporters, Janice Ponce de Leon, Staff Reporter

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It was really horrific for me, especially because I was in a flight to Dubai from Cochin. The flight was under tremendous turbulence and we were all equally frightened. But little did we know that we would have to wait for 7 and a half hours in the flight after having landed in Sharjah, instead of Dubai. We landed at about 10.30 pm on 6th of April and we were flown back to Dubai at 7am of the following day. It was really a pain and thanks to Indigo Airlines for doing nothing but bare minimum. I shall never forget what we went through the traumatic weather and even more traumatizing flight services.

Srinath

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