Met office labels hurricane warning hoax

Email warns of storm hitting Oman, with heavy rains predicted for all major Gulf cities.

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By  Amy Glass Published  June 17, 2008

Dubai Meteorology Office has rubbished a regional hurricane email warning currently doing the rounds of inboxes throughout the Gulf.

A Met office spokesperson told Arabian Business on Tuesday it was expecting a "deluge" of enquiries following the hoax, which warns "the US Navy expects the arrival of a hurricane to the Sultanate of Oman, and then to the Saudi capital Riyadh where it will be at it's most power".

“Delete it, that’s my advice,” the spokesperson said.

According to the bogus warning, which is illustrated with an image of the likely impact area, the anticipated hurricane will be directed towards the Arabian Peninsula until it reaches Riyadh.

The email warns that 70 millimetres of rain will hit Riyadh, while Dubai will receive "heavy rains with strong winds, and thunderstorms and hail on Friday and Saturday".

According to the forecast, Abu Dhabi was also set to get heavy rains with strong winds, as were Doha and Manama, Bahrain.

The Met office said careful examination of the illustration would reveal the nonsensical wording of the email.

Meanwhile, the real weather forecast this week is for hazy, humid and sunny days with average daily temperatures of 37 degree Celsius.

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