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Storms throughout Israel cause flooding, several injuries

Public warned to stay away from riverbeds, Tel Aviv beaches as wintry conditions intensify over weekend

Road flooded in southern Israel, November 19, 2021 (Screen grab/Kan)
Road flooded in southern Israel, November 19, 2021 (Screen grab/Kan)

With rainfall throughout the country Friday and into Saturday, flooding was seen in various locations, closing a number of roads and causing injuries.

Some roads and city streets saw flooding that caused disruptions and injuries — nine people, among them three children, were wounded lightly to moderately when the rain caused two vehicles to skid off the road near the northern city of Tiberias.

Additionally, several rivers in the southern Negev and Arava regions flooded.

Precipitation levels were not in themselves exceptionally high. But they came after a particularly dry period of winds and dust that caused blockages in drains.

Authorities warned people to stay away from riverbeds so long as the water flow remains unstable, due to the dangerous conditions caused by the rains. Tel Aviv beaches were closed off due to concerns of water pollution.

The rain was expected to reach its peak on Saturday and then peter out by Monday.

The warm temperatures over the past month have been a far cry from last year, when Israel experienced the wettest November since 1994, causing extensive flooding and damage in several coastal cities.

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