MOI warns Qatar residents off roads, sea ahead of impending sandstorm

Dust storm in early April

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Dust storm in early April

Another heavy dust storm is expected to hit Qatar tonight, according to local meteorologists.

The combination of strong winds (up to 74km/hour) and poor visibility has the Ministry of Interior cautioning residents to stay indoors if possible:

The inclement weather is the latest in a series of sandstorms that have hit Qatar over the past month, some of them causing health problems and flight and school cancellations.

Speaking to Doha News, Steff Gaulter, senior meteorologist for Al Jazeera English, said the worst of the sandstorm should pass tonight, but that it will still be dusty tomorrow.

According to the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET), the storm moved toward Qatar from Saudi Arabia:

In a statement, the MET added that visibility may drop below 2km in some places, with sandy conditions persisting until Monday.

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