- Heavy rains and strong winds disrupt Umrah pilgrims and residents in Makkah.
- National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) warns of ongoing unstable weather conditions.
- The footage also captures lightning strikes.
In Makkah, intense rainfall and powerful winds prompted Umrah pilgrims and local residents to urgently seek shelter on Tuesday.
The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) of the kingdom issued a warning for Wednesday, indicating that the unsettled weather conditions are likely to persist.
Videos shared on social media depict the strong winds sweeping away both pilgrims and cleaning staff at Masjidul Haram, carrying various objects along with them.
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In some clips, staff members at the Grand Mosque can be seen working to prevent large garbage baskets from being carried away by the wind to prevent any potential damage.
The footage also captures lightning strikes, with the lightning appearing in a shade of purple, hitting the Clock Tower located near Makkah’s Grand Mosque.