So forget what I said the other day about why stuff shuts down for rain. Driving through the city today, the storm caused some serious damage. It wiped out part of the road in front of the airport, causing some major traffic issues. They were still pulling cars off the roads and out of ditches, and they were piled on top of each other in some of the wadis. Apparently, a few subcontinentals tried to ford the wadis and got carried away and died. So this is all seriously unfortunate. Not to mention the fact that the roads are actually dirty now. Omanis are serious about cleanliness, it borders on a national fetish. A lot of them take two showers per day, and they wash before and after every meal, and before every prayer. So, they've now deployed a legion of subcontinentals on motorbikes with brooms and trash bins to sweep dirt off the road. And replant the rows of bushes that got wiped out. Either way, it definitely a smart idea not to go to school yesterday.