Unusually heavy rains lash Nizwa in Oman

Muscat: Nizwa, in Oman, has been getting heavy rains since yesterday with more downpour predicted for today. Chances of convective clouds (clouds that are formed by convection, which is simply the process of warmer air rising since it is less dense than the surrounding atmosphere) and thunderstorms over Al Hajar Mountains and adjoining wilayats (provinces) are predicted for today, till into the night. Nizwa, a town 87km from Muscat, is known for its souq, fort and the Falaj system of irrigation. The town is located at the foothills of the Al Hajar range, which saw torrential downpour yesterday that resulted in overflowing wadis and waterlogged roads in and around the main city area.

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Rami from Golden Tulip hotel, which is not in the city centre, said the roads leading to the hotels were not affected much, although the same cannot be said about the rest of the town. “It was windy with strong rains yesterday, and roads in the main city area were flooded.”

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“Heavy winds and rains started since early in the day and went on till evening. Some vehicles got caught in water-logged areas and had to be towed out once the rains stopped. Water drains out into the ground pretty quickly here, but today also seems like another rainy day,” Fareed Rashid, who runs a tea shop near the main city area, told Gulf News.

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There has been continuous flow of rainfall over the Al Hajar range during this season, and areas like Nizwa, Sur, Jebel Akhdar and the surrounding towns and villages located at the foothills, have been in news for the downpour they are getting. The Instagram handle of WeatherOmanya, a popular go-to page for weather related news in Oman, has posted videos and photos of rains lashing Nizwa.

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