Oman


Heavy rain lashes Muscat; disrupt power supply


Heavy rains were witnessed in Rusayl, Seeb, Al Khuwair, Qurum, Ruwi, Darsait and Muttrah. Photo - A. R. Rajkumar/TIMES OF OMAN

Muscat:Thunder, lightning and rain were experienced in different parts of Muscat resulting in power outages for a few minutes from 2:30pm onwards on Monday.

"Heavy rains were witnessed in Rusayl, Seeb, Al Khuwair, Qurum, Ruwi, Darsait and Muttrah for a few minutes," said Bader Ali Al Baddaei, one of the administrators of www.rthmc.net, a local web-based forum to discuss weather trends in Oman.

"Even though the rain fell only for a few minutes, the traffic moved at a snail's pace along the water-logged roads," Bader added.

Meanwhile, the shop owners in Muttrah Souq, who invariably suffer even if it rains for a few minutes as water floods their shops, said this time also, the same thing happened.

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"It was not serious as had happened in the past, but the souq was flooded with rain water. Since we had suffered huge loss in terms of goods and money last time due to flooding, we are better prepared now. We had removed our valuable items from the shops much before the rain started to lash," Nawaz, who runs some shops in Muttrah Souq, said.

On Sunday, the meteorological department had predicted cloudy skies over most parts of Oman with chances of thundershowers associated with fresh downdraft winds for on Monday.

"There are also chances of late night to early morning low level clouds or fog patches along the southeastern coast," the prediction added.

Meanwhile, many residential areas in Muscat witnessed power outage for a few minutes after the rain started. "Power outage was experienced for a few minutes after the rain started. The entire building where I am staying remained without power. I checked with my neighbours and found that the rains have caused power outage in many areas," said a resident in Darsait, adding that power was restored  after 15 minutes.

An official from the Muscat Electricity Distribution Company (MEDC) stated that power outage may have occurred due to adverse weather conditions and their emergency team was equipped to restore it as soon as possible.

"Usually, we are capable of restoring power within 30 minutes," Zahran Al Ruqaishi, Corporate Communication Specialist at MEDC, said, adding that the most advanced automated network system halts its operations when there is a safety risk.

However, by evening, the rain clouds disappeared and the weather turned pleasant again.

On Sunday also, some parts of Oman witnessed moderate to heavy rainfall.

To get in touch with the reporter: reji@timesofoman.com

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