March 19, 2007
Photo Left: Vehicles belonging to a car rental company in Darseit were tossed around in a flooded wadi during the rough weather in Oman.
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A small hamlet on the Batinah coast 125km north of Muscat, was hit with huge hailstones as rain beat down on most parts of Oman for the whole of Saturday night, bringing the mercury level down considerably. The hailstones caused extensive damage to property and vehicles. "Windscreens and the lights of most vehicles in the town are broken while several cars have big dents due to hailstones." Some cars parked in low-lying areas in Muscat on Saturday night were thrown around by heavy currents from wadis, especially in Qurum and Darseit. In some places trees and signboards were uprooted. For the record, Muscat received 44.6mm rain while Jebel Al Shams received the maximum rainfall of 134mm.
HONDURAS - At least two people died as a result of heavy rain in Honduras on Sunday. One victim drowned in the eastern province of El Paraiso after a river burst its banks. Another man was crushed by a wall and killed when his house collapsed as it was struck by surging floodwaters. A cold front was causing heavy rains across much of Central America and Mexicod.