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Oman Braces for Severe Thunderstorms and Flash Floods

Heavy rains and thunderstorms are expected in Oman, causing localized flooding and prompting authorities to take precautionary measures. Schools are closed, and an official holiday has been declared in most governorates.

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Oman Braces for Severe Thunderstorms and Flash Floods

Oman Braces for Severe Thunderstorms and Flash Floods

As I sit in the newsroom, rain pelting against the window, I can't help but feel a sense of urgency. The National Multi-Hazard Early Warning Centre in Oman has forecasted heavy rains, thunderstorms, downdraft winds, and hail in various regions of the country, particularly Muscat and its surrounding areas. The anticipated heavy rainfall has raised concerns for localised flooding, and precautionary measures have been taken, including the suspension of school classes in affected governorates.

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A Stormy Day in Oman

The Oman Ministry of Labour has declared a holiday due to unstable weather conditions on February 12, except for employees in Al Wusta and Dhofar Governorates. The Ministry of Education has also suspended classes in most governorates, except for Dhofar and Al Wusta. The Oman Meteorology forecasted thunderstorms and hail leading to flash floods, prompting precautionary measures by various authorities such as the Royal Oman Police, Civil Defence, and Mwasalat.

Precautionary Measures in Place

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The Ministry of Health will reschedule appointments in affected areas, and the Ministry of Culture postponed activities for safety. The Sultanate of Oman is experiencing adverse weather conditions, leading to the declaration of an official holiday for employees in most governorates except Dhofar and Al Wusta. The Ministry of Education has also suspended classes in various schools due to heavy rains and rough climatic conditions.

Weather Forecast and Flash Flood Warnings

The forecast indicates chances of heavy thundershowers, downdraft winds, and hail, with peak impact expected on Monday in several governorates. The Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority has advised caution and preparation for potential flash floods. The Basic Services Sector at the National Committee for Emergency Management has activated its operations center to minimize impacts of the weather condition.

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Oman is experiencing heavy thunderstorms accompanied by downdraft winds and hail due to a rain depression moving towards several governorates, especially in the northern regions. The Civil Aviation Authority has also issued alerts regarding heavy rain and thunderclouds affecting various areas in Oman.

Heavy thunderstorms, downdraft winds, and hail are forecasted in Oman, with the Al Wabel Depression affecting parts of Al Buraimi and North Al Batinah Governorates. The Civil Aviation Authority has also issued an alert regarding heavy rain expected in various regions of Oman, including Al Dhahirah, South and North Al Batinah, with rain expected to extend to Muscat. Thunderstorms accompanied by heavy hail showers are concentrated in the northeast of the Sultanate, affecting several governorates, especially the northern ones.

Heavy thundershowers, accompanied by downdraft winds and hail, are anticipated in several governorates of Oman including North and South Al Sharqiyah, Muscat, and parts of South Al Batinah. The rainfall is expected to range between 20-60mm, potentially causing flash floods in wadis. Isolated rain is also predicted in North Al Batinah, Al Dhahirah, Al Buraimi, and Musandam with precipitation of 10-30 mm. Strong downdraft winds with speeds of 15-35 knots are expected.

Traffic has been halted on the Amerat-Bausher Mountain Road and between Wilayats of Shinas and Liwa due to flooding caused by the flowing Wadi Sur Bani Khuzaym. Several regions are under thunderstorm alert. As the storm continues to rage outside, I can't help but hope for the safety of all those affected by this extreme weather event.

Today's date: 2024-02-12

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