A wave of lousy weather caused by the Little Sun nawah (gale) pummeled the Mediterranean city of Alexandria in the wee hours of Friday, with heavy rainfall and strong winds pushing temperatures down.
Nawahs are common short-term storms that buffet the port city in the fall and winter with high waves, heavy rains and strong winds, often bringing navigation at ports to a standstill.
This year's Little Sun is expected to last three days.
Municipal authorities in Alexandria declared the highest level of preparedness governorate-wide to cope with the gale, deploying close to 180 water-vacuumming trucks in coordination with the city's municipalities to drain rainwater and help smooth traffic.
According to Ahmed Berekaa, the spokesperson of Alexandria Port, movement and navigation at the port are normal despite the storm as sea waves remain within safe limits.
The readiness level at protection and rescue units at the city's port has been raised to the utmost to be able to receive any potential mayday from ships or equipment placed in the ports of Alexandria and Dekheila.
Lack of preparedness in past years caused mayhem and flooding in the streets in the Meditteranean city.