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MOI warns Qatar commuters about strong sandstorm tonight

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

As a new pressure front from Saudi Arabia moves over Qatar, the Ministry of Interior is cautioning those on the roads tonight about low visibility and high winds due to an impending sandstorm.

Update: The Supreme Education Council has also ordered private and public schools to be shut on Thursday, April 2 due to “extreme weather conditions.”

On Twitter, the MOI said:

The Qatar Meteorology Department (MET) has also advised residents to take care, saying high winds will move over the country late tonight and persist all day tomorrow, leading to dusty conditions.

In a statement, the MET attributed the strong winds to a high pressure front from Saudi Arabia, which is expected to last through Friday evening.

During this time, wind speeds are forecast to reach as high as 35 knots inshore (65km/hour) and 38 knots (70km/hour) offshore.

The MET continued:

“The Northwesterly wind will be accompanied with blowing dust and sand especially in open areas which may reduce the horizontal visibility.”

Temperatures are expected to be slightly cooler than earlier this week, ranging from 19C (66F) to 32C (90F).

Health precautions

In addition to driving extra-carefully on the roads, residents should also take to protect their health during sandstorms.

Doctors generally advise that residents drive with their windows closed; avoid rubbing their eyes to prevent infections; and carry a supply of water to keep from being dehydrated.

Since children are especially vulnerable – thousands were taken to the hospital in January during a sandstorm – parents should cover their kids’ mouths and noses while outside, to avoid reducing inhalation of dust particles.

What are your seeing in your part of Qatar? Thoughts?

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DonTom
DonTom
6 years ago

Got your laundry in?

LOOOL
LOOOL
6 years ago

Love that this made it AFTER the sand/dust storm already hit lol … well done

Sasmi
Sasmi
6 years ago

1 hour into the storm we get the news that there will be a storm! Well done Shabina!

Lorin
Lorin
6 years ago
Reply to  Sasmi

All of a sudden, there’s this sandstorm…Terrible, so heavy accompanied by strong wind,it gets inside my room. No news about it before I lay down my bed. What;s happening???

Kiaran Sedwig
Kiaran Sedwig
6 years ago
Reply to  Lorin

It’s in my room too, it got into most rooms actually. I don’t have a mask, what is one supposed to do at times like this? :/

nilo kazi
nilo kazi
6 years ago
Reply to  Kiaran Sedwig

Switch on ur exhaust in ac and toilets

Global Nomad
Global Nomad
6 years ago
Reply to  Sasmi

Yeah that’s right it is all Shabina’s fault …. You muppet …………. Shabina’s fault, really? Maybe she got no warning like the rest of us! But kindly, well after your working hours finished, she has put up the article which hopefully makes you aware to take care of the dust/sand storm that looks like it will be raging for several hours, if not most of tomorrow.

Amera
Amera
6 years ago
Reply to  Global Nomad

Omg I was with my family having dinner at souq waqif when the sandstorm started and we thought probably its due to the construction work around, until I read this article. But before that we had left the place as the dust was getting terrible to breathe.

Dr_Mocha
Dr_Mocha
6 years ago

True .. they should warn the people before hours .. not when it already hit

Yukesh qtr
Yukesh qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Superman

Is there school tomorrow ! Pla tell ! I’m a student

Mohammad Abdul Rahman Siddqui
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Siddqui
6 years ago
Reply to  Yukesh qtr

All private and public schools are closed tomorrow as tweeted by SEC

Trish @trishmexy
Trish @trishmexy
6 years ago

I think we should avoid inhalation of dust not avoid reducing inhalation, thats not helpful at all LOL xD

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago

This is actually very scary. I can feel the dust particles in my breath. I hope it doesn’t get any worse :/

Azeem
Azeem
6 years ago

Please turn off your ACs and close the ventilator of your exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchen.

nymeria
nymeria
6 years ago

My house is so dusty and foggy even! Use damp towels as a mask if you don’t have a mask. Rub Vaseline on the inside of your nostrils to avoid dryness. Wet towels and lay them flat under the doors. That’s all the advice I can give. It’s still very hard to breathe 🙁

Blue
Blue
6 years ago
Reply to  nymeria

The Aircons are a sealed system so no issues of dust getting in through the Aircon – the dust in the house is due of improper window and door seals, open exhaust vents. For window Aircons however do not open the vents – most seals bad there too.

Have invested in two air purifiers – Sharp are the best in the business. Having a thin layer of dust every day on my black car makes you wonder on the dust we breathing daily – an Air Purifier a must have in Qatar. Today they are doing overtime!!!

kitten
kitten
6 years ago
Reply to  Blue

bruh

mR.digital
mR.digital
6 years ago
Reply to  kitten

an AC is a sealed system?

Blue
Blue
6 years ago
Reply to  kitten

Lol…quoted from a website but not really whether they are a credible source….

Timeys
Timeys
6 years ago
Reply to  nymeria

so true. My little brother has asthma, I hope we wont have to take him to the hospital tomorrow. we have reinforced windows and I can still feel the dust in my nose!

Muhammed Zain
Muhammed Zain
6 years ago

I am also hoping for holiday

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

It’s offical there are no schools, private and public. Also all government offices and banks will be off. Not sure about private sector

Ghada
Ghada
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Where is this announced?

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Ghada

..

Md. Noor al Basher
Md. Noor al Basher
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Could anyone translate me what’s written in that picture above?

Jassim
Jassim
6 years ago

Given the weather conditions, all students of independent and private schools will have tomorrow off. We ask Allah to keep everyone safe.

Jassim
Jassim
6 years ago
Reply to  Jassim

The next tweet from the SEC says that the leave tomorrow is only for students of independent and private schools and that does not include school staff and university students.

That doesn’t make sense at all!!

Simon
Simon
6 years ago
Reply to  Jassim

You expect sense?

Expect amazing!!!

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Ok seriously I wanted to pull a dumb April fool prank on everyone… But for real schools are all out.. But banks and government still working

Sauda Wilson
Sauda Wilson
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Please tell me where I can find the official gov announcement.

nana
nana
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Do u have official link ?

Evans
Evans
6 years ago

First time experiencing a sand storm. Sucks. Was about to turn the A/c on but saw Azeem’s comments. Not sure if all these rumours about a holiday off tomorrow (Thursday 2nd) is true but if so, I will be glad. Cannot sleep a wink. Hang in there boys and girls, especially the kiddies.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  Evans

Keep your AC on. It filters the air and does not pull air from outside.

Evans
Evans
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

For real? Nothing wrong with using the AC?

Bijoy
Bijoy
6 years ago

Its terribly strong wind outside. Even with all windows closed and ACs switched off, not able to breathe as it is extremly dusty inside the home. Suffocating feel.

Indika Dhanasinghe
Indika Dhanasinghe
6 years ago

my son got fever, and I wanted to take him to medical center. when I opened the front door of the building to get going only I knew there is a terrible storm. couldn’t believe my eyes. home medication now 🙁

Hashir
Hashir
6 years ago

I was indoors when i began to smell dust. And after a while the room was foggy. It was later i came to know about the sandstorm. Why aint there any warning or forecast about such things?

Human
Human
6 years ago

Absolutely terrifying to look at a situation just like the tsunami a few years back….no warning and common people are all around…just a thought – is this part of the world any different compared to where we all come from when it comes to issues of a common man…

Roshan Vaheed
Roshan Vaheed
6 years ago

Guys this.is horrible.can’t sleep.suffcating 🙂 should have let us known early

kitten
kitten
6 years ago

get a spray bottle, fill it with water, and spray it everywhere throughout your home

Red_Panigale
Red_Panigale
6 years ago
Reply to  kitten

Thats a good way to get damp mud into your breath.

kitten
kitten
6 years ago
Reply to  Red_Panigale

clearly, you have already tried this technique and survived. congratulations!

Roshan Vaheed
Roshan Vaheed
6 years ago
Reply to  kitten

Yeah now tat can b a solution. Tank kiity

Guest
Guest
6 years ago
Reply to  kitten

I actually tried that. the only problem is- you gotta spray every 10 minutes.

Skylar Grey
Skylar Grey
6 years ago
Reply to  Guest

well that is 1 of the reasons i could not sleep other than having asthma

Jamaican in New York
Jamaican in New York
6 years ago

Please don’t use hazard lights while driving. It’s confusing for everyone especially when someone wants to change lanes and the indicators are in use. Hazard lights are only meant for parked cars.

Yes But
Yes But
6 years ago

Except can also be used if in vehicle that is effectively disabled or distressed (power steering is out, etc) while moving to safer parking location. But agree not to be used during storm.

Anne
Anne
6 years ago

Understand about hazard lights but please be aware that there are new cars on the roads in Doha that are not fitted with fog lights so in extreme conditions better that you can see hazard lights than no lights.

GITS
GITS
6 years ago

My kids could not sleep all the while!
Very much afraid!
School websites does not say it’s holiday tomorrow!!
Hope it’s ok to switch on the AC

Matt
Matt
6 years ago
Reply to  GITS

I’m reading that it’s ok to turn AC on: “During such a time, it is highly recommended that people remain indoors, keep the windows and doors closed properly and turn on the air-conditioner.”
http://www.qatarliving.com/forum/health-fitness/posts/take-precautions-during-summer-dust-storms

“If your air-conditioning filter is doing its job, it will catch that dust”
http://www.rosieonthehouse.com/faq_detail.aspx?id=1164

So, hopefully, we all have good filters for our AC and we change them after the storm.

DarkQTR
DarkQTR
6 years ago
Reply to  GITS
lool
lool
6 years ago

Possibly the first article on DN where Qataris are blamed. Yet.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  lool

Deleting for starting nonsense.

Sana
Sana
6 years ago

Visited SEC website, there’s no mention about tomorrow’s school holiday 🙁

jassim
jassim
6 years ago
Reply to  Sana

Check their twitter acc SEC_QATAR

Human
Human
6 years ago

Thanks to MOI Doha and the author for sharing this news as not much info is available anywhere else – hopefully all are safe and most importantly hope our roads in Doha are safe too. Hopefully, the storm passes away soon.

kitten
kitten
6 years ago

tomorrow

Lizel
Lizel
6 years ago

We are suppose to fly out tomorrow evening. Does any one know if the flights will or have been cancelled?

HumanOnly
HumanOnly
6 years ago
Reply to  Lizel

Maybe check under your flight website they might list any flight cancellations or call their customer service.

kitten
kitten
6 years ago
Reply to  Lizel

Qatar spent $17 Billion on new airport and didn’t insulate it from the weather (this is real and i aint even surprised)

Timeys
Timeys
6 years ago
Reply to  kitten

The thing is we’ve recently installed windows that we were told would be powerful enough to keep the dust and the rain out; and yet I’m breathing dust. I seriously have no idea HOW it managed to get in!

Ichibanmugen
Ichibanmugen
6 years ago
Reply to  Timeys

It gets in the same way air gets in your house, it is dust (tiny tiny particles)

Timeys
Timeys
6 years ago
Reply to  Ichibanmugen

funny, we installed them to keep the dust out. Actually we were assured that they would keep the dust out. Then again, yesterday’s sandstorm was one of the strongest we’ve had in years.

Tom Brown
Tom Brown
6 years ago
Reply to  Lizel

just landed into doha from Australia, we where in a holding pattern for approx 35 mins due to the sand , i was gone for a week … look what I’ve come back to 🙁

HumanOnly
HumanOnly
6 years ago

Even if school wasn’t cancelled, I would not send my kids outside in this weather condition. I cannot sleep because it’s so difficult to breathe. I had to mop the entired floor, sprayed water in the air with a spray bottle, put wet towels underneath all doors and windows, and I’m covering my nose and mouth inside the house. This seems to help some but still not complete relief. Oh and the air conditioners are on. Stay safe and try what I mentioned above it does help some especially for those who have asthma or dust allergy. Tomorrow I will need to repeat this process. Also apply vaseline inside kids noses to help relief dryness. Hope this helps.

fathie marilao
fathie marilao
6 years ago

is there any problem if i open my aircondition inside the house?…because it is hot already…please advice..thank u..stay safe Doha people..=D

HumanOnly
HumanOnly
6 years ago
Reply to  fathie marilao

I have them on and it helps with the dry air too. Read my message below for other tips I learned as well.

Rapha31
Rapha31
6 years ago
Reply to  fathie marilao

There seems to be no problem turning on the ACs, I have them on since last night.

mR.digital
mR.digital
6 years ago

Im just wondering what would this person do…

Timeys
Timeys
6 years ago
Reply to  mR.digital

*facepalm*

Joson John
Joson John
6 years ago

Today to Office :p

Joson John
Joson John
6 years ago

Matar Qadeem @5.30AM

Magda
Magda
6 years ago

Doha College is cancelled for today. We have just received an official notification. Very wise decision.

alman
alman
6 years ago

in this like situation there still work in construction stie?

AnilKumar Pappala
AnilKumar Pappala
6 years ago

Morning after i gotup….. All things in home full dust!! Even though without any big ventilation…..after all closed also!!

sample below pic….

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

April.1.2015 #neverforget we will rebuild

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

lol. After the great earthquake of Doha, I don’t know how much more we can take of this. God is punishing us for driving big cars…

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Don’t forget the great floods of salwa road

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

And who can forget the great hienz baked beans shortage of 2009, quickly followed by the ginger ale shortage of 2010. Tough times indeed

Farhan Khurshid
6 years ago

As if I am living on Mars 🙁

Anne
Anne
6 years ago

Easier said than done there are a lot of new cars on the roads over here that are not fitted with fog lights so if the cars are not visible with normal lights then they have no choice but to put on there hazard lights, should be no problem if people slow down while driving.

KK
KK
6 years ago

Is this the end ?

Simon
Simon
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

And in the end

the love you take

is equal to

the love

you make.

Made any love recently, Qatar???

kitten
kitten
6 years ago

the aftermath

Mila
Mila
6 years ago

Is there any chance of rain after this ???
Badly needed!

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