Unprecedented October rains hit desert nation of Qatar, causing major flash floodsImage credit: NASA Aqua/MODIS. Acquired October 19, 2018
Intense thunderstorms produced strong winds and dropped heavy rain over the desert nation of Qatar on October 19 and 20, 2018, causing severe flash flooding across the country. Heavy rain is expected to continue into Monday, October 22. Motorists are advised to exercise extra caution on the roads, residents to avoid all marine activities.
Heavy rainfall is falling over much of Qatar since around 12:00 local time, October 19, limiting visibility to less than 1 km (1.2 miles) in parts of the country and causing partial closures of some roads and tunnels in and around Doha.
"Unstable weather conditions resulting from an extension of a low pressure system continues affecting the country," Civil Aviation Authority and Qatar Meteorology Department said in a statement.
"Doha and most areas of the state witnessed unprecedented rains of variable intensity on October 19 concentrating mainly in all areas of Doha. It was thundery at times accompanied with strong winds reaching 78 km/h (48 mph), raising dust and causing poor visibility in some areas. Weather charts indicate that scattered thunderstorms are likely to continue during the coming two days, especially at noon time."
Moderate to heavy rainfall was recorded, with a maximum of 84 mm (3.3 inches) in Abu Hamoor which is considered the highest amount ever recorded in Doha area during the month of October.
In addition, 31 mm (1.2 inches) was recorded in Ras Iafan and 23 mm (0.9 inches) in Alkhor.
3-hr rainfall accumulation models suggested up to 20 mm (0.78 inches) of rain over many parts of the country, including Doha.
On average, Doha receives just 1.1 mm (0.04 inches) during the entire month of October and 75 mm (2.95 inches) per year.
ههه قطر اللى عدد شعبها 300 الف وبتمتلك أكبر احتياطي غاز في العالم و300 مليار$ ده حال شورعها بعد ساعة شتا، ولهم عين ينظروا علينا في الفساد، كان الله في عون فقراء قطر، تنظيم الحمارين ضيع فلوسهم علي المرتزقة المشردين #الدوحه_تغرق pic.twitter.com/VOCbCKmCn8— محمــــد اباظــــــة (@M7Abaza) 20 oktober 2018
As #QatarFundsTerror, but forgot to invest in its infrastructure & roads in #Doha- main roads, key underpasses, trees, cars, people everything is drowning in #Qatar— حسن سجواني ???????? Hassan Sajwani (@HSajwanization) 20 oktober 2018
#قطر_تغرق #الدوحة_تغرق pic.twitter.com/arVeeexRcI
The police personnel in Qatar are doing a commendable job this evening, helping vehicles safely wade through water that has submerged a good number of roads in #Qatar after day-long #heavyrains. #Respect pic.twitter.com/DXRb6zAPVI— Qatar Tribune (@Qatar_Tribune) 20 oktober 2018