UAE issues weather warning to Emiratis in US

UAE issues weather warning to Emiratis in US

Houston - Sleet and freezing rain are forecast for parts of the state.

By Web Report

Published: Wed 17 Jan 2018, 3:08 PM

Last updated: Thu 18 Jan 2018, 1:26 AM

The Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates in Houston on Wednesday issued a circular on winter storm, after frigid temperatures and icy roads made travel hazardous and sent scores of homeless people to shelters.
The embassy urged the UAE nationals to take caution of rain and sleet is expected, which would be dangerous to navigate until Wednesday.
"If you need emergency assistance, please call 911 or contact the Consulate emergency phone line at + 1 713 (502) 0206," the consulate said on its  Twitter account.

Texas airports scrap 100s of flights

Hundreds of flights have been canceled in Texas, where frigid temperatures have left runways - and roads - dangerously icy.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Houston area on Tuesday and is warning mariners of gale-force winds along the Texas coast. Sleet and freezing rain are forecast for parts of the state.

"Ice continues to accumulate in the Central/ Southern Plains states and will shift north into the Upper Mississippi Valley Sunday as a new weather system approaches from the West Coast," the Weather Service said on its website.
"This storm will change ice to snow from southeast Colorado to northeast Nebraska; and will bring a slight risk of severe thunderstorms and heavy rains to Texas on Sunday," the Weather Service said.

Flights into Houston, San Antonio and elsewhere have been canceled. Houston is enduring 21 degrees (-6 Celsius) and San Antonio stands at 30 degrees (-1 Celsius).

Police in Austin say highways in the capital are iced over and several counties opened emergency operation centers to coordinate emergency response.

The cold front also brought snow to parts of North Texas, where the wind chill pushed temperatures into the single digits.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol urged motorists to avoid travel after 31-year-old Tiffany Jackson was killed while driving on any icy overpass in Crystal City. Jackson's vehicle slid off the road and struck trees, according to the highway patrol.
Forecasters said ice accumulation from the storm could be more than half an inch (1 cm). Snow, sleet and heavy fog were also in the forecast in parts of region.
(With inputs from Reuters/AP)

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