Heavy Rains Lash Oman, More Expected

23 Mar 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

It has been a damp week so far, with heavy rains lashing parts of Oman, including the capital city of Muscat. The overcast conditions are also expected to continue, with the chance of heavy rains and thunderstorms also expected tomorrow (Friday,  March 24).

According to a report published by the National Multi Hazards and Early Warning Centre, the rains have been caused by a series of low-pressure troughs across the governorates of Buraimi, Al Dahirah, North Al Batinah, South Al Batinah, Muscat, Al Dakhlia, North Al Sharqiyah and South Al Sharqiyah.

The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) has warned residents to stay away from low-lying areas and also to avoid driving through wadis as the rains will bring fresh downdraft winds and cause flash floods.

Many residents reported that wadis had started filling up in the early hours of Tuesday morning (March 21), causing congestion and traffic on the roads.

Aby Jacob, a resident of Wadi Al Kabir said: “Rains are always welcome in Oman. But the morning traffic was quite bad. It took me an extra 15 minutes to get to work today.

“But that is OK. The rain has definitely brought down the temperatures. I thought we had hit summer already. And we are not ready for summer yet,” he said.

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