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Freak Weather: Bahrain
March 24, 2007
Strong Winds Lash Area
A Bahraini officer was killed on Thursday when he fell into the sea in sudden gusty winds that struck the kingdom for several hours and caused havoc. He was trying to move from one boat onto the other in Salman Port when he fell under the impact of the wind. Two traditional boats and ten small boats were damaged in the winds that lashed the kingdom in late afternoon. Traffic was blocked in several areas by uprooted large trees and drivers had to manoeuvre their cars carefully to avoid the signposts littering the main avenues. The wall of a private school was dangerously fissured in the FREAK storm. "This brisk change of weather conditions is known locally as the "sarayat" and marks the transition from winter to spring."

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A sudden dust storm, with wind speeds reaching 53 knots or more, caused havoc across Bahrain Thursday night. The weather deteriorated suddenly at around 6.30pm. Families reported windows shattering in their homes and emergency services had to deal with uprooted trees and other damage. Several people were reportedly injured by flying debris.
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