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Ashobaa latest: Waterlogging in Kalba [videos]

Hail and thunderstorms reported in Ibri and Rastaaq in Oman, By Weather Omanya on Twitter.

Tropical storm Ashobaa has weakened to a tropical depression, according to UAE's National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), reported Wam.

In a statement issued on Friday, the NCMS said the latest satellite imagery and observations, in addition to weather reports from the main regional centers, indicate that tropical storm Ashobaa has been downgraded to a tropical depression, as surface wind speeds decrease gradually around the centre of the storm to 37 to 61 kilometers per hour.

The centre also said the latest weather forecast charts suggested the tropical system would gradually weaken during the next 12 hours, while approaching the coast of the Sultanate of Oman, accompanied by heavy rains and significant winds in these areas.

Further, the Sea of Oman will continue to be rough for the next 48 hours along the east coast of the UAE, with clouds formations expected over these areas. (WAM)

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Hail, thunderstorms in Oman; UAE warns of waterlogging in Kalba [videos]

Strong gale winds and heavy rainfall has ripped across Oman's eastern coastline, with some parts of the country experiencing hail storms, even as Ashobaa has been downgraded from a Tropical Storm to a Deep Depression.

The UAE experienced its own waterlogging as Fujairah corniche and part of the low lying area of Kalba in Sharjah remained under water, with authorities forced to partially close road access to the areas.

Parts of Kalba remained under water yesterday, as Sharjah Police blocked roads and drained areas. By Sharjah Police on Twitter

According to the 5am (UAE time) forecast issued by the Oman Meteorological department, the weather system lay approximately 100kms from the Southern Al Sharqiyah coast, with its connective band of rain clouds already crossed the country's coastline.

Parts of Kalba remained under water yesterday, as Sharjah Police blocked roads and drained areas. By Sharjah Police on Twitter

"Latest weather charts have indicate the system will cross Masirah Island on Friday evening, assosciated with heavy rainfall and strong gale winds," stated the Oman Met office, adding: "The direct impacts of the deep depression are e expected to be over the Governorate of Southern Al Sarqiya and Al Wusta during the next 48 hours.

Parts of Kalba remained under water yesterday, as Sharjah Police blocked roads and drained areas. By Sharjah Police on Twitter

"The indirect impacts may extend to the Governorates of Northern Al Sharqiya, Muscat, Al Dhakilia, Southern Al Batinah, Dhofar and Al Hajar mountains."

Parts of Kalba remained under water yesterday, as Sharjah Police blocked roads and drained areas. By Sharjah Police on Twitter

The sea state will continue to be rough to very rough over the Sultanate's coast with maximum wave height up to six metres.

Oman's Civil Defence launched a rescue operation when a vehicle was caught in a flash flood. By PACDA on Twitter

The Oman Met office further stated there are indications this system would weaken further as it crosses the coastline.

Hail and thunderstorms reported in Ibri and Rastaaq in Oman, By Weather Omanya on Twitter

The Public Authority for Civil Aviation in Oman is advising people to stay away from beaches, low lying areas, and avoid crossing wadis, even as reports emerged of heavy rainfall and hail in Ibri and Rastaaq.

Hail and thunderstorms reported in Ibri and Rastaaq in Oman, By Weather Omanya on Twitter

Warning has also been issued by The Public Authority of Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA) Oman to avoid venturing into the distrcit of Sur, with Wadi Menkal, Wadi Halm and Wadi Qalhat off limits due to severe flooding.

Hail and thunderstorms reported in Ibri and Rastaaq in Oman, By Weather Omanya on Twitter

In the township of Jalan Bani Bu Ali, Wadi Saal is also off limits.

Earlier, PACDA also rescued a vehicle that was submerged during a flash flood near the Oman gas company.

Meanwhile, the UAE's National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has forecasted rainfall across the country's east coast, with the Oman Sea continuing to be rough for further next two days, with low clouds appearing to the east and south areas. 

Sharjah Police stated on its official Twitter account that drainage operations were successful  in parts of Kalba, which was under water yesterday.

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