Flooding in some cities as north and center are hit with winter storms

Motorists are urged to check tires, windshield wipers; central Tel Aviv inundated due to blocked drain in light rail works; beaches closed due to pollution

Rain in Jerusalem on November 8, 2022 (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Rain in Jerusalem on November 8, 2022 (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Israeli experienced heavy rains overnight Monday, as some central cities saw flooding and officials warned that there may be more to come.

The rain is expected to intensify in parts of the north and center of the country throughout Tuesday before clearing toward the evening.

Despite the fact that the rain was not particularly prolonged, the area surrounding Tel Aviv City Hall flooded due to a blocked drain connected to major infrastructure work for the construction of the light rail system, the municipality said.

Some areas of Jerusalem and Holon also flooded, apparently due to blocked drains.

The Interior Ministry announced that the beaches in Tel Aviv and Herzliya that remained open for the winter season would be closed due to water pollution caused by rain runoff.

Police urged motorists to exercise caution when driving in areas that may be prone to flash flooding, particularly in the Judean Desert and Dead Sea area.

Drivers were recommended to check tire pressure and windscreen wipers, and to ensure that headlights and taillights were clean for increased visibility.

The Israel Meteorological Service said temperatures were set to fall in the evening, reaching 14°C in Jerusalem (57°F), 20°C in Tel Aviv (68°F), 19°C in Haifa (66°F), 15°C (59°F) in Beersheba and 20°C (68°F) in Eilat.

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