So How Bad Was It In Abu Dhabi? Watch!
As we reported yesterday a rare storm with high winds ripped through Abu Dhabi forcing the Red Bull Air Race to cancel training sessions, the airport to suspend all flights and to postpone the UAE Air Expo 2016.
Heavy damage to many aircraft resulted as well as a partial roof collapse at the airport while the Red Bull Air Race hangar area suffered some minor damages.
Though rain is rare in the UAE, February and March are the rainiest months, when about 75% of the annual total of around 3.5 inches (90 millimeters) falls. The current system is expected to linger over the UAE and Oman through Thursday, but a drying trend is in the forecast beginning Friday. Training sessions have resumed for the Red Bull Air Race season opener this weekend.
Video 1 MrGuerrillaXL An unusually soggy week in the United Arab Emirates turned nasty Wednesday, March 9, 2016 as a massive storm whipped through the desert nation, causing damage throughout the capital, Abu Dhabi. The downpour quickly overmatched the drainage systems, leaving motorists stranded in standing water on city streets. The storm, which contained strong winds, frequent lightning and even some hail, caused all flights to be suspended at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Wind gusts reached hurricane strength -- 75 mph (120 kilometers per hour. In addition to travel chaos, schools and businesses were closed, and many were to be closed again Thursday as weather conditions were expected to remain unsettled. Rainfall is rare in the UAE, which has a dry, desert climate that sees less than 4 inches (100 millimeters) of rainfall per year on average. Since Saturday, when the round of wet weather began, up to 11.6 inches (295 millimeters) of rain have fallen, according to a spokesman for the UAE's National Center of Meteorology & Seismology. The current storm system was expected to linger over the UAE and Oman through Thursday, but a drying trend is in the forecast beginning Friday.
Video 2 Roula Nachabe A Major Storm hit Abu Dhabi Today , Excessive Rain mixed with High Wind destroyed airplanes . windows and building ceilings at the Airport.
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