Thunderstorms, flooding, and strong winds set to batter Israel
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Thunderstorms, flooding, and strong winds set to batter Israel

Israelis brace for gusts of over 100 kilometers per hour and heavy rainfall across the country

Illustrative: Flooding in the Judean Desert due to heavy rain, which hit Israel over night, on January 19, 2018. (Yaniv Nadav/Flash90)
Illustrative: Flooding in the Judean Desert due to heavy rain, which hit Israel over night, on January 19, 2018. (Yaniv Nadav/Flash90)

Israel on Thursday was bracing for its first winter storms of the season, with heavy rainfall, strong winds, and flooding expected across the country.

Flash flood warnings were issued in the south, as rain began to fall in the region on Thursday morning and was expected to spread throughout the day.

Precipitation is predicted to reach anywhere from 60 to 200 millimeters (2.3-7.8 inches), with winds possibly reaching 100 kilometers an hour (62 miles per hour).

Israel’s national electric company has advised people to remove any objects from their balconies and rooftops that are susceptible to being blown away or damaged by the storm.

In Jerusalem, temperatures could drop to 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit).

A Israeli man tries to open a sewer drain as water floods a street during a storm in Netanya, north of Tel Aviv on October 25, 2015. (AFP/JACK GUEZ)

 

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