Chances of hail, brisk winds in Kuwait as rain to ebb by Thursday morning

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Citizens, residents cautioned; ‘Drainage system can cope’

(left) A family is rescued from the car partially submerged in rainwater in Wafra. (right) A Japanese vehicle ploughs through water on the road

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 6: Observer of weather forecasts at the Kuwait Meteorological Department Abdulaziz Al-Qarawi predicted that it will continue to rain in the country until the last hours of Wednesday, with chances of hail accompanied by brisk winds, and that the weather conditions will improve on Thursday morning. Al-Qarawi told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the country was affected Tuesday by rains of varying intensity between light and medium in general, which may be heavy in some areas, especially the central and southern regions. He added that this situation is expected to continue until the last hours of Wednesday, with chances of hail, accompanied by active winds with speeds that may exceed 50 kilometers per hour, and lead to sea waves rising to more than 6 feet, opportunities for fog formation, and low horizontal visibility in some areas.

He explained that the country was affected by a rainy condition that started Monday evening, as a result of the extension of the Sudan seasonal depression, accompanied by a warm and moist air mass, in conjunction with the presence of a cold depression in the upper layers of the atmosphere, which led to the proliferation of low and medium clouds interspersed with some thunderstorms.

He called on everyone to follow the weather forecast through the website of the Meteorological Department through its official application for smart phones, especially during weather fluctuations, to get acquainted with the latest weather developments and see weather warnings, if issued. The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior called on Tuesday citizens and residents to be cautious due to heavy rains and low visibility nationwide.

In a press statement, the ministry urged everyone not to hesitate to call (112) in case of emergency, reassuring that all security bodies are on high alert for immediate response to any emergency. Kuwait’s drainage system can cope with water accumulations resulting from the ongoing rain falls on the country, the Public Works Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday. Ahmad Al-Saleh, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of Public Works and the Public Authority for Roads and Land Roads, told KUNA that rain has been continuously falling since early today.

Emergency teams of the ministry and the authority are handling some water puddles in the inner districts and on the highways, he said, reaffirming that the drainage networks can absorb the water accumulations despite the ongoing downpour. The teams will remain alerted with forecast sea high tide that may disrupt water flow into the sea, he said. The ministry, the civil defense and other relevant authorities are coordinating for prompt response to any situation via the social media, the phone hotline 150 and the ministry WhatsApp account. Al-Saleh said the emergency teams have been stationed in all regions to monitor any hazardous water accumulations and report for assistance if needed. (KUNA)

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