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Deadly flooding strikes the Middle East again

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
12/06/2018, 11:47:16 AM


Another storm system unleashed deadly flooding on parts of the Middle East this week, and more rain is on the way.

The slow-moving storm has dumped heavy rain on areas from Turkey and Cyprus to Saudi Arabia and Iran in recent days.

The flooding turned deadly on Thursday when four people were killed after their car was swept away in flood waters in Cyprus, according to Reuters.

The weather is expected to improve in Cyprus on Friday as the storm moves east and rainfall tapers to showers.

Flooding was also reported in Syria and affected thousands of people in refuge camps.


Unfortunately, there will be a continued risk of downpours across Syria on Friday and Saturday before drier weather finally returns on Sunday.

Locations in Lebanon, Israel and northern Jordan will also be at risk for locally heavy rainfall and flooding through Saturday as this slow-moving storm tracks over the region.

Saudi Arabia endured heavy rain and thunderstorms which produced flooding and hail earlier this week.


The frontal boundary that caused the severe weather in Saudi Arabia has departed the region, and more tranquil weather is forecast across the country through this weekend.

There will be a brief pause in the stormy weather across the Middle East on Sunday before another series of storms arrives next week.

Areas most at risk for additional rounds of heavy rain and flooding next week include Cyprus, Turkey and Syria.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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