Live: Heavy Rains, Hail Batter UAE; Landslides Cause Two Roads To Collapse In Northern Emirates

Thunder rumbling non-stop and lightning streaking through the skies wake UAE residents as heavy rainfall batters the country late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Unstable weather conditions will continue to impact the UAE from Monday through Wednesday due to an extension of a “low surface pressure” and two waves of unstable weather to move across the country on Tuesday, the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has announced.

As the inclement weather peaks on Tuesday, April 16.

1.37pm: Road closure towards Jebel Ali

Dubai’s RTA asked motorists using Al Asayel and First Al Khail Streets coming from the Business Bay area towards Jebel Ali to use alternative roads such as Al Khail Street and Sheikh Zayed Road.

1.15pm: Ring road in Kalba closed

The Sharjah Police announced the temporary closure of the ring road in Kalba due to the accumulation of rainwater and the overflowing valley. Motorists have been asked to use alternative routes.

1.11pm: Al Ain house flooded

Residents in an apartment building in Al Ain’s Al Qattarah area grappled on Tuesday as water gushed into their home from all directions. The water levels rose above ankle level, flooding the entire flat. In the short clip, water could be seen pouring through the bathroom window of a ground-floor apartment.

1.05pm: Global Village closed

Global Village announced that the family entertainment destination will remain closed on April 16 due to adverse weather conditions and to ensure the safety of guests.

1.04pm: Some areas witnessing heavy rain

Ministry of Interior announced that some areas of the country are witnessing a depression accompanied by heavy rain with a chance of hail. Residents are asked to adhere to safety measures to preserve lives and property, avoid valley areas, water accumulation and torrent flow, exercise caution while driving vehicles, reduce speed and comply with the instructions of the competent authorities.

1.01pm: Delays at Airport Road

Dubai RTA cautioned motorists of delays expected on Airport Road. Passengers departing from Dubai International Airport have been advised to use the Dubai Metro and alternative routes such as Marrakesh Street and Rabat Street to reach easily.

12.52pm: Football matches postponed

The UAE Football Association has made the decision to postpone all matches scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, across all local football competitions. This move comes in response to the prevailing weather conditions and fluctuations experienced across the country.

12.35pm: Temporary closure of the entrance to the Kuwaiti market

Ras Al Khaimah Police announced the temporary closure of the entrance to the Kuwaiti market due to water accumulation as a result of the tropical situation in the emirate. Until water withdrawal operations are completed by the concerned authorities

12.32pm: Dubai’s crowning glory

All is not gloom and doom; there’s a silver lining standing tall: Dubai’s crowning glory, the iconic Burj Khalifa, showcasing its majestic silhouette against the backdrop of the rain.

12pm: New wave of unstable weather conditions to begin

Unstable weather, including heavy rain, thunder, lightning, and potential hail, will sweep across the UAE starting Tuesday afternoon, as part of the second wave. The new wave that starts later this afternoon would also witness an increase in convective cloud coverage, leading to varying intensities of rainfall.

The National Centre of Meteorology on Tuesday said that the first wave of unstable weather conditions prevailed from Monday evening to Tuesday noon.

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