Heavy rain and thunderstorms sweeping across Oman left one dead and caused widescale flooding during several days of torrential downpours.
Storms hit Muscat several times over the past week, including an amazing display by nature on Tuesday morning captured by our art director, Matthew Herbst, as forked lightning lit up the sky over Seeb beach in the most spectacular fashion. Hail showers were also reported on Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest mountain at 3,009m, making it look as if it had snowed, with the ground covered in a white blanket.
As water overflowed, a body was recovered from flooded Wadi Falaj in Al Rustaq and two more people were rescued. There were reports of further people trapped in swollen waters. Power cuts and blocked roads were seen in Muscat and around the country. High winds blew doors off and felled trees, causing chaos on the roads as rain lashed down.
More thundery outbreaks were expected today (Mar 10) with unsettled weather into the weekend, but it looks like the worst could well be over.