Middle East braces for more flooding, thunderstorms through Saturday

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
December 01, 2018, 12:29:29 AM EST

Rounds of deadly flooding have struck the Middle East over the past month, resulting in deaths in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq.

Life-threatening flooding will be a concern once again as downpours and thunderstorms target parts of the Middle East through Saturday.

Showers and thunderstorms will drench areas from northern Saudi Arabia into western and central Iraq into Saturday.

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The strongest thunderstorms will be capable of producing life-threatening flash flooding, frequent lightning, locally damaging winds and isolated hail.

Locations at risk for flash flooding and locally damaging thunderstorms include Medina, Saudi Arabia, and Baghdad, Iraq.

Where rain has not dampened the ground yet, gusty winds being kicked up ahead of the thunderstorms can lead to blowing dust and poor visibility.

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A soaking to, at times, heavy rain will fall across southeastern Turkey, northern Syria, northern Iraq and northwestern Iran through Saturday, bringing the risk for localized flooding to these areas.

The same storm was responsible for triggering flooding rain in Bodrum, Turkey, late Thursday. The flood waters swept cars down streets and damaged nearly 100 homes and businesses, according to Aljazeera.

Locations from Israel to Lebanon and western Syria will dodge the worst of this storm; however, showers with local downpours can occur.

A brief period of more tranquil weather is expected on Sunday and Monday before another storm threatens the Middle East by the middle of the week.

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