Rain, clouds and cool temperatures were something I had resigned to not seeing that often while living here in the desert. However, in the last couple of weeks we have had a few instances of rain but nothing like last night!
A storm had hit Al Ain earlier in the afternoon and I had seen pics on the net as well as Facebook but never expected to be hit by the same storm. If you read my post yesterday (7 months), you would have seen that I was enjoying an awesome fire and quiet braai on my roof. A mere hour after that havoc was going on.
This was from outside my kitchen door on my little balcony.
This is from the door to the roof where I was happily braai'ing.
So when I woke this morning at 05h00 to ready myself to work, I was pleasantly surprised by a text message saying that all Abu Dhabi schools were closed today due to inclement weather. A luckily for that.... you will see why later.
So after a well needed sleep in, I took to the streets with my camera to capture some of the damage and cleanup operations taking place in our little town, Madinat Zayed.
All images were taken with the express permission of individuals in the images as well as Police on scene.
Water delivery trucks in the area were kept exceptionally busy, trying to pump water from the streets and then going into the desert to dump it. So wonderful to see how many police officers and municipal workers were out on the streets trying to clean up. Yet again, the people of the UAE doing everything and anything to help each other.
So after spending a few hours out this morning taking some snaps I made my way home and began working on this post.
Then it all started again. I was able to catch this early footage and pics from my phone.