150 rescued near Dead Sea as first rain hits Israel
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150 rescued near Dead Sea as first rain hits Israel

Flooding, power outages recorded in various places due to downpour; temperatures expected to be low during rest of week

Illustrative photo of Israelis watching flash floods in Nahal Og, which empties into the Dead Sea, November 26, 2014. (Maxim Dinshtein/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of Israelis watching flash floods in Nahal Og, which empties into the Dead Sea, November 26, 2014. (Maxim Dinshtein/Flash90)

Some 150 hikers in the Judean Desert needed to be rescued after being caught in the first heavy rainfall of the season Monday morning.

The hikers were in Nahal Og, which like other stream beds near the Dead Sea often sees flash flooding during heavy rains.

The rains also led to flooding in a number of areas in northern Israel, as well as in Tel Aviv.

People walk with umbrellas in downtown Jerusalem on October 9, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The rains also brought power outages in a number of locations throughout the country, including in the northern city of Hadera.

“The workers of the Israel Electric Corporation has prepared to fix any disturbances caused by the first rains and reinforced teams are immediately dealing with any interruption,” the power company said, according to Channel 2.

While the rain was expected to subside by Monday afternoon, lower-than-average temperatures are expected to persist over the coming days.

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