Qatar is hit with huge tornado and lashed with HAIL days before England’s World Cup quarter-final against France
- A tornado has hit Ras Laffan Industrial City, 50 miles north of the capital Doha
- Qatar has recently seen freak weather events during the 2022 World Cup
- Dark clouds gathered over Al Khor Stadium where matches are being held
A massive tornado has hit Qatar along with hailstones as England prepares for its quarter-final game with France on Saturday.
The tornado whipped by Ras Laffan Industrial City, around 50 miles north of the capital Doha.
The Gulf state hosting the 2022 World Cup has seen freak weather events during the tournament.
Dark clouds gathered close to Al Khor Stadium, where most of the games are being held.
The tornado whipped by Ras Laffan Industrial City, around 50 miles north of the capital Doha, with dark clouds gathering close to Al Khor stadium
Tornadoes, a rare weather event, are uncommon across the Middle East, but several were spotted in Qatar in 2016
Qatar’s meteorological department tweeted the footage shortly after posting a warning about rain becoming ‘thundery’ with the words ‘please be careful’.
Another tornado was spotted in the abandoned town of Al Huwaylah, off the coast of Qatar on the north-east shoreline.
‘Scattered rain and a decrease in temperatures are expected in the coming days,’ said the department.
Tornadoes, a rare weather event, are not a common sight across the Middle East, but several were spotted in Qatar in 2016.
They are usually relatively weak but can still cause significant damage if they hit residential areas.
According to the World Risk Index, Qatar is the country least likely to experience a natural disaster.
It was 27 degrees on Wednesday, according to the Met office, with the temperature set to drop slightly to 23-25 degrees over the next few days.
On the same day, enormous hailstones reportedly rained down on Qataris and visiting fans.
People picked up fistfuls of the hailstones and uploaded photos of them to Twitter.
Footage emerged on Wednesday, the first break from games since the tournament started. The matches are set to resume on Friday with Brazil v Croatia and Netherlands v Argentina.
‘First day without football. First day with a cloud,’ Tweeted football pundit Gary Lineker.
Enormous hailstones reportedly rained down on Qataris and visiting fans on Wednesday