Tel Aviv area homes without electricity as storm fells power line
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Tel Aviv area homes without electricity as storm fells power line

Electric Corp. works to end outage affecting 1,000 residences in Gush Dan region as heavy rain pelts central Israel

Storm clouds gather over Dizengoff Square in central Tel Aviv on December 15, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Storm clouds gather over Dizengoff Square in central Tel Aviv on December 15, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Parts of the greater Tel Aviv area were left without electricity Friday morning, as stormy weather brought down an overhead power line in the Gush Dan region.

The Israel Electric Corporation identified the source of the disruption in the suburb of Ramat Aviv, and said it was dealing with the issue, Channel 10 reported. The outage affected some 1,000 homes, Channel 2 said.

The power company said it hoped to repair the overhead cable by noon.

The bad weather began earlier in the week, wreaking havoc in Haifa, where strong rains battered the northern city just weeks after a series of devastating brush fires destroyed hundreds of homes there.

The wintry snap began Monday, dumping rain in the north and causing at least one fatality.

On Tuesday, a 74-year-old driver died of hypothermia after his car was caught in a flood in a Haifa underpass. Rescue workers found him lying unconscious on the back seat, where he had apparently tried to escape the rising water when his car became stuck, Channel 2 reported.

He was taken in critical condition to Rambam Medical Center, where paramedics and doctors were unable to resuscitate him.

The stormy weather was expected to persist into the weekend, with rain nationwide and snow expected in the Golan Heights.

The water level of the Sea of Galilee — Israel’s main water source — rose by two centimeters during the first big rainfall of the season.

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