Eilat cut off for hours after deadly storm

Brother and Sister Ma'ayan and Shahar Assor found dead after their car was swept away by flood waters when they were traveling south from Tiberias to Eilat; Arkia Airlines to add unscheduled flight to accommodate holidaymakers needing to return to center
Ilana Curiel, Daniel Salami, Lior El-Hai, Roy Rubinstein|

Floods in the Araba desert take out roads
(צילום: רועי גלילי הערבה התיכונה, אלעד גרשגורן, לימור קטן פרידמן רשות הטבע והגנים, אמיתי אלוני, רענן בן צור)
Israel's southernmost city of Eilat was virtually cut off from the rest of the country on Wednesday after floods over the holiday, killed at least two and cut off roads.
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Brother and Sister Ma'ayan (17) and Shahar Assor (24 from Tiberias were found dead on Tuesday by rescue teams after they went missing when their car was carried away by a flash flood in the south a day earlier. A third woman who was with them survived the event.
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סהר עשור מעיין עשור
סהר עשור מעיין עשור
Ma'ayan and Shahar Assor
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The two were driving south when the winter storm hit in its first lethal wave late on Monday. Floods continued throughout the night and resumed again on Wednesday.
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תיעוד כוחות החילוץ
תיעוד כוחות החילוץ
Trapped driver rescued in the Arava amid flooding
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Vacationers in Eilat and in the Sinai desert across the border in Egypt were informed they would only be able to drive north but the road did open for part of the way, the police said as they continued efforts to keep travelers safe.
Israel weather 
(צילום: דוברות המשטרה, אתר החרמון, נעה סנדרוביץ')
Arkia Airlines said they would schedule an additional flight from Eilat to the Ben Gurion airport late on Wednesday, and more flights as needed on Thursday, although the road connecting the new Ilan Ramon field to the city, also suffered heavy damage and local authorities were clearing a safe route.
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קשת בענן במדרשת בן גוריון
קשת בענן במדרשת בן גוריון
Rainbow over the Negev Desert
(Photo: Rinat Bar-Netzer)
The northern city of Haifa received the most rain in the past 24 hours with some 40 mm reported. A wall holding up a road in the center of town collapsed and mud slid down into the streets bellow, but no injuries were reported.
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קריסת חומה בחיפה
קריסת חומה בחיפה
Aftermath of wall collapse amid heavy rain in Haifa
(Photo: Haifa Municipality)
Snow fell on the peaks of Hermon Mountain as temperatures there and in the Galilee dropped below 0°C (32° F).
Rain and wind were forecast to continue until Thursday afternoon before the skies will begin to clear. On Friday, temperatures are expected to rise.

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