Due to rare heavy rains and flooding, the Eilat airport was closed on Wednesday, along with portions of Routes 90 and 12, effectively isolating the country’s southernmost city.
While not as intense as the record-breaking storm that flooded much of the country last month, the current weather was enough to flood the tarmac at the Eilat airport, which mostly handles domestic flights. Flights were diverted to the Ovda airfield, located roughly 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of the city.
Route 90 was closed near the entrance to Eilat, where many of the resort city’s hotels are located, and Route 12 was closed at the western edge of the city, according to a Channel 2 report.
The rainfall is expected to continue through Thursday afternoon, sparking fears of flash floods and other damage. Police issued a warning for motorists in the southern region to drive carefully.