Rain in parts of UAE, foggy mornings to continue

Heavy showers as seen in Aasama area of Ras Al Khaimah.-Supplied photo
Heavy showers as seen in Aasama area of Ras Al Khaimah.-Supplied photo

Ras Al Khaimah - Police warned of the hazards the unstable weather poses and advised everyone to stay indoors.



By Ahmed Shaaban

Published: Tue 9 Oct 2018, 6:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 10 Oct 2018, 9:56 AM

A heavy downpour in Ras Al Khaimah mountains revealed a scenic view of the valleys, enticing residents to go out and see it for themselves. Police, however, warned of the hazards the unstable weather poses and advised everyone to stay indoors.
Rain showers have lashed the mountainous Aasama area, some 15km north of Masafi, filling the valleys with water, a scenery that is not usually seen in the emirate and elsewhere in the country. Excited to check out the view, some residents went out amidst the cloudy weather.
"I took my wife and kids and head to the nearby valley to enjoy the weather and scenic views," said Abdullah Al Shehi, an Emirati.
The Ras Al Khaimah police, however, warned that hitting the road "under the heavy showers and with flooded currents and valleys" is dangerous.
"The public is urged to avoid the valleys and slippery roads, and contact the central operations room in case of emergency," police said, adding that more patrols have been deployed to control the traffic flow and attend to emergency cases. The department of public works had also deployed several tankers and staffers to drain out any accumulated rainwater to ensure public safety.
Ahmed Al Hammadi, director general of the department, said that they are ready for the coming seasonal showers with 80 tankers and 40 pumping machines.
"The department, which drained millions of gallons of rainwater last season, has come up with efficient and practical solutions to prevent rain from flooding the houses of people at the valleys and mountains. Edifices, farms and makeshift houses illegally built on the streams of the valleys were also removed," he said.  ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com
NCM warns of poor visibility due to fog formation

The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has called on motorists to take all precautions and follow the traffic regulations regarding the possibility of fog formation starting from 2am till 8:30am on Wednesday morning.


In a statement today, NCM said that fog formations could reduce horizontal visibility to less than 1,000 metres at times over some Western coastal and internal areas of the country.


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