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Watch: Heavy Objects Seen Flying Around During Thunderstorm in Makkah

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 24, 2023. 06:11 pm UPDATED: Aug 24, 2023. 06:11 pm

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Tuesday’s weather in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, the location of the holiest sites in Islam, was unexpected. Chaos resulted from violent storms and heavy rain, which also interfered with pilgrims’ plans.

As seen in videos that have been making the rounds online, pilgrims performing the Tawaf got caught in a downpour. Many of them were drenched, and some of them slipped on the wet floors. The renowned Fairmont Makkah Clock Royal Tower hotel was struck by lightning as it lit up the night sky.

Videos even appeared to show large objects flying around during the thunderstorm, frightening both tourists and locals.

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The National Center for Meteorology’s Hussain al-Qahtani reported on X (previously Twitter) that the winds reached up to 80 km/h. Al-Kakiyyah, a neighborhood in Makkah, recorded 1.8 inches of rain in one day.

Mild flooding was also seen in the footage in some areas of Makkah, forcing locals to take cover and halt traffic. The weather was comparable to the storm in 2015 that caused a crane at the Grand Mosque to collapse, killing over 100 people and injuring countless others.

This time, Saudi officials affirmed that there were no serious mishaps or accidents related to Tuesday’s weather.

Wednesday morning saw the majority of the flash floods subside. Locals believed there was still a chance for danger, though.

According to the report, Abu Mayyada, a resident of Mecca, was out purchasing cigarettes and gasoline when a sandstorm struck. He lost control of his car and, in an effort to calm himself, turned on the radio to the Qur’an.

Mohammed, a different resident, claimed that a sudden downpour at the Grand Mosque caused panic.

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