Severe sandstorms continue to hit the western regions of Saudi Arabia on Thursday, February 15, resulting in travel disruptions and school and university closures. Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection forecasts strong winds and dust throughout Thursday, resulting in hazardous driving conditions due to reduced visibility. Air travel disruptions are also possible.
Local authorities are advising the population to stay home when possible and to exercise extreme caution when driving or walking, especially around billboards, trees, construction sites, and lampposts.
Individuals present in affected regions are advised to confirm travel reservations, follow local weather forecasts, and exercise vigilance while driving.
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