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Published Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Torrential downpours and flash floods brought four hours of widespread chaos to much of the country on Monday as Dubai police responded to 150 road accidents and more than 2,500 emergency calls.
No serious injuries were reported after thunderstorms and lightning strikes battered much of the UAE overnight on Sunday and early into Monday morning.
Many roads were submerged after some of the worst storms in recent years forced parts of Dubai and Abu Dhabi to a standstill.
Collisions between vehicles during a hectic morning on the roads were largely blamed on standing water, poor visibility and inexperienced motorists driving too fast in treacherous conditions.
Colonel Muhammad Al Muhairi, the acting director of command and control center at Dubai Police, warned motorists to keep an eye on weather warnings and plan travel times accordingly.
Meteorologists said that while the worst was over, more wet weather could be one the way. "People need to make an earlier head start to work when there is rain in order to avoid tension for being late," Col Al Muhairi said. "Most importantly they should avoid speeding and check their vehicles for any problems. Drivers should use their lights, leave enough safety distance between the car in front and stay in lane until it's safe to change."
Freakish weather conditions created a cocktail of chaos through the morning rush hour on Monday, with the only surprise being the lack of serious injuries reported.
A crew of seven sailors caught in the eye of the storm on Sunday evening was lucky to escape with their lives when their ship capsized near Palm Deira.