Watch: Severe sandstorms hit Saudi Arabia, knock down street lights, electricity poles

Web Report/Riyadh
Filed on March 13, 2021 | Last updated on March 13, 2021 at 10.13 am

Dashboard footage shows a bright red cloud of sand that is difficult to see through.

Saudi Arabian authorities have issued warnings against severe sandstorms that have enveloped several parts of the country on Saturday.

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Dust storms have swept through the northern region of the country, including Al Jawf, the capital Riyadh, Qassim, Hail, as well as eastern parts of Makkah and Madinah.

One video shared on social media shows the intense storms knocking down street lights and electricity poles.

Another video features dashboard footage of a bright red difficult to see through the cloud of dust enveloping Arar in the Northern Borders Province.

The Saudi Civil Defence urged the public to take precautions, urging people, especially those with respiratory illnesses, to stay at home.

It also warned drivers to be cautious when driving near lamp posts, electricity poles, and billboards on the street.

Officials in Oman also issued alerts regarding the activity of southern winds and warned of the possibility of dust storms in the Dhofar and Al Wusta governorates during Saturday evening.

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