UAE bans residents from beach and low-lying areas during cyclone Shaheen
UAE bans residents from beach and low-lying areas during cyclone Shaheen

UAE bans residents from the beach and low-lying areas during cyclone Shaheen

The UAE is banning residents from beaches, valleys and low-lying land due to the weather effects of Cyclone Shaheen.

The UAE has also warned against visiting mountain areas and dams.

The media briefing yesterday by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) advised people to be cautious for the next few days.

The cyclone is expected to hit Oman hard. It’s already the strongest storm to hit the country since records began. Sadly, three people have already been killed.

Cyclone Shaheen is likely to affect the UAE until Tuesday, October 5. The East coast is expected to be affected the most. But high wind, rain and sandstorms could be felt in Dubai.

Meanwhile, the UAE is on ‘high alert’ to deal with the tropical situation, and has taken all “proactive and preventive measures to mitigate its impact on the country”, the briefing continued.

Dr Mohamed Al Abri, the spokesman for the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), said heavy rains may result in flash floods in valleys and accumulated water in lowlands. “The winds will be active to strong, causing dust, which will reduce horizontal visibility. The cumulus clouds might be accompanied by lightning and thunder sometimes,” he added.