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Residents urged to prepare as severe weather threatens UAE: Road closures in effect



Authorities in the UAE have announced the closure of all roads leading to valleys and mountains as the country braces for severe weather conditions this weekend. The closure will remain in effect until the foul weather subsides.


The impending weather system is expected to bring heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, and hail across the country from Friday evening, March 8, until noon on Sunday, March 10. Areas are at risk of flooding, with strong winds potentially causing low visibility on roads, particularly from Friday midnight to Saturday midnight.


The weather is anticipated to begin affecting regions such as Al Dhafra and Al Ain before spreading to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and beyond. Residents have been advised to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary, with motorists urged to park vehicles away from mountains, valleys, and water bodies.


The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) has issued warnings regarding hailstorms, urging residents to take precautions to safeguard themselves and their property. Those found disregarding safety directives could face fines and penalties, including vehicle confiscation.


Disaster management teams in each emirate will determine whether to implement remote learning in schools and cancel outdoor events scheduled for the weekend. Emergency services, including police, rescue teams, and civil defense, are on high alert to respond to any emergencies.


Last month's heavy rains and hail prompted widespread disruptions, with schools and offices transitioning to remote work as residents grappled with the aftermath of flooding and property damage. Authorities are urging residents to heed safety instructions and stay updated on the evolving weather situation.

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