Thunderstorms catch UAE residents by surprise

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

  • By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 00:00 April 7, 2013
  • Gulf News

A rainy morning in Abu Dhabi
  • Image Credit: Hadrian Hernandez/Gulf News
  • A rainy morning greets an Abu Dhabi resident on April 7, 2013.
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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

Comments (17)

  1. Added 09:23 April 8, 2013

    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, Dubai, India

  2. Added 08:28 April 8, 2013

    I loved the weather! Please give us some more rains before crazy hot summer!

    Anna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 21:49 April 7, 2013

    I've been hearing that this is the worst and the strangest weather that Dubai has experienced. I beg to differ. As I can recall 1981 storm was the worst in which we experienced rainstorm and hail. I was 4 years old and remember being really scared as there were no lights and all we could hear was the lashing rain and thunder!

    Farah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:39 April 7, 2013

    Welcome the Rehmat of Allah SWT and enjoy :) cheers

    Talha Bin Masood, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:00 April 7, 2013

    Alhamdulillah.I've heared that angel Mikaa'eel is responsible for the raindrops that fall down from the sky. He moves them around and causes the rain to descend wherever Allaah commands.

    Amer Wisal Muhammad, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:17 April 7, 2013

    Rain is a blessing. It will keep the weather pleasant for some more days.

    Shahab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:46 April 7, 2013

    i just love this weather. the storm, the heavy rain. pure pleasure. But i don't want any one to get hurt or anything horrible happening. i love it because it is a once in a life joy. so take care and try to enjoy the best

    ann, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:45 April 7, 2013

    very nice weather & surprise for us

    Tahir Zaidi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:30 April 7, 2013

    its drizzled yesterday evening and night in Fujairah Now heavy wind and rain with lighting and thunder.

    Ansar Kaim, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:26 April 7, 2013

    its beautiful climate, noestalgic feel of kerala.

    aboobacker, abudabi, United Arab Emirates

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