Huge electrical storm lights up Qatar’s night skies

Ben Gould

Lightning over The Pearl on 19 March 2017 Ben Gould

Qatar’s residents have gotten used to rainy weather of late, but last night’s thunder and lightning was still something special.

As Doha’s skies lit up just before 9pm last night, many residents stepped outdoors to capture the moment.

“The lightning lasted for probably 20 minutes,” Ben Gould who was over at the Pearl-Qatar told Doha News.

“It’s a cliché to say, it but it WAS amazing and it’s the first time I’ve really focused on the sky for any length of time and the lightning was coming in thick and fast,” he added.

Meanwhile, fellow resident Susie Billings shared this image on Twitter of lightning appearing to strike earth in the distance:

Wild storm in #Doha tonight. #lighteningstrike #purple #sky #qatar pic.twitter.com/hrpkD9innI

— Susie Billings (@susiebillings) March 19, 2017

And Rhonda Allam took this video from her table at Damasca One in Souq Waqif:

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This morning, Pearl resident Anna said that she’d spotted some damage following the storm:

#Doha #storm blew off some balconies at #QanatQuartie #PearlQatar as well as pieces of furniture. 😱😱 broken pieces are everywhere #qatar

— Anna Lidster (@AShlyakhtenko) March 20, 2017

Rain was forecast in Qatar through Tuesday, including thunderstorms tonight.

But after a tumultuous few days, the meteorology department said to expect “slight dust and partly cloudy with weak chance of light scattered rain at places at first” tomorrow.

Did you take any photos or videos last night? We’d love to see them! Thoughts?

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