By Gavin Gibbon
National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) warns winds could reach up to 70km/h
Motorists in the UAE have been warned to be extra vigilant as heavy rain storms, high winds and thunder and lightning batter the country.
The ministry advised residents not to sit or cross valleys and streams, and to keep children away from small lakes and ponds.
According to data from the National Centre of Meteorology, the storm has been approaching from the northwestern region of the Gulf, with Abu Dhabi and Dubai currently bearing the brunt of the weather.
“Heavy rain and flowing water may result in destruction and sloping of roads,” warned the Ministry of Interior.
Drivers were further advised to take extra care on the roads and to leave ample space between cars, especially on highways.
The UAE Ministry of Education took the decision to close all schools on Wednesday on safety grounds following the weather forecast.
Heavy rain has already beset parts of the country, in Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Khor Fakkan.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority has urged residents to follow instructions from the authorities concerned during the unstable weather "in order to preserve lives and properties".
Heavy rains lashed the UAE last week, causing flooding in Dubai Mall and disrupting flights from Dubai International Airport, while several schools were also closed.