Mountain deluge in the north brings flooding to lowlands

Fujairah and Umm al Qaiwain are the emirates most affected by the storms.

ABU DHABI // Heavy rain lashed parts of the Northern Emirates yesterday, prompting warnings for Eid al Adha holidaymakers to take extra care on the country's roads.

Wadis and low-lying areas in Fujairah and Umm al Qaiwain were flooded as water gushed down from higher ground. Parts of Sharjah and Ajman also had rainfall.

As much as 17 litres of rainwater per square metre fell over parts of Umm al Qaiwain, while Fujairah experienced 12.6 litres of rain per square metre, as well as some hail, thick cloud and low temperatures.

The mountainous areas in Fujairah were most affected, with the rain forming streams and filling farms at the foot of the ranges.

The duty forecaster at the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology in Abu Dhabi said yesterday that people travelling to see friends and family during the Eid holiday should take extra care.

"People travelling by road must take precautions," said the forecaster. "We have observed this cloud forming for at least five days." He said the bad weather was not unusual for this time of year.

Motorists were advised to reduce speed to avoid losing control of their vehicles on wet roads. Lightning could also be a concern for those planning outings in the open air, he added.

The forecast is forparts of the country to see drier weather from later tomorrow.