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'State of emergency' as 15,000 homes left without power
Storms wreak havoc on already frayed power grid, while rapid succession of heavy rains leads to flooding across the country.

The rains have returned and with them the power outages. Israel's electric company said that 15,000 homes that had previously been disconnected from the grid were once again without power. "Several high voltage lines were damaged due to the heavy rains in central Israel, the Sharon region, and the north," the company said. "Electric company crews were working to fix the damages and return the flow of electricity. The situation is dynamic and changing."

 

 

The traffic light system had also ceased working in certain areas. Guy in Tel Aviv reported that "The traffic lights had stopped working. The police have yet to arrive, its crazy chaos. The whole junction is at a standstill."

 

According to fire services, dozens of people were rescued from elevators across the country due to outages caused by the storm.

 

 

Herzlyia
Herzlyia

 

The intense localized rains have caused damage all over central Israel, with Herzliya's airport shutting down after the control tower was hit by lightning. A bus was reportedly trapped in the flood waters in Herzliya, while city workers had rescued two children from a flooded house. Power outages were also reported in the city.

 

Azrielli (Photo: Ortal Haimov)
Azrielli (Photo: Ortal Haimov)

  

Elior Gil, a forecaster for channel 10 said that the storm has yet to peak, "It's hard to imagine while looking at pictures from the Sharon. This storm is the perfect combination of two meteorological conditions, cold air in the lower layers of the atmosphere meeting with very weak winds."

 

 

The storm    (צילום: עידו ארז, שושנה גרוסבארד אורגד, עציון שוורץ, דובורת עיריית הרצליה, לימור זקרי, שאול דל אריצ'ה)

The storm   (עידו ארז, שושנה גרוסבארד אורגד, עציון שוורץ, דובורת עיריית הרצליה, לימור זקרי, שאולי דל אריצ'ה)

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 

"During the previous rains, the winds were strong, and thus the clouds moved quickly. The slower winds allowed for longer rainfall," he explained. "I wouldn’t be surprised if at towards the end of the system on Friday, we discover that the storm brought with it quantities of rain that are equal to a third of our annual rainfall, and we aren’t even in November yet," he said.

 

Flooding in Raanana (Photo: Etzion Schwartz)
Flooding in Raanana (Photo: Etzion Schwartz)

 

The Mayor of Herzlyia, Moshe Fadlon, instructed the city’s schools not to release students from school, and leave them in the buildings until parents pick them up. "I have declared a state of emergency in the city. All emergency rescue forces in the city are working to save lives,” Fadlon said. "I have instructed all city employees to stay at work beyond normal working hours. Everything is under control," he added.

 

Flooding in Raanana (Photo: Hen Truman)
Flooding in Raanana (Photo: Hen Truman)

 

"There is no electricity. We cannot continue under this blind-trust system. It's not my responsibility to trim trees. All our drains are open. We prepared well in advance. I have been following the work on the drainage system,” Fadlon added.

 

Kfar Saba (Photo: Efi Sabo)
Kfar Saba (Photo: Efi Sabo)

 

The mayor detested the lack of a national plan, saying, "On the national level we are not prepared. This is anarchy, it has to be stopped here and now. There is no governance in the country. This is an emergency situation and I expect there to be governance. Where is the governance? 72 hours without electricity. This is the third world. Where is the compassion?"

Rains in Petah Tikvah (Photo: Udi Levin)
Rains in Petah Tikvah (Photo: Udi Levin)

 

Shlomo Oberman, a meteorologist with Meteo tech said, "As of now we are seeing strong rains in Tel Aviv, Kfar Saba, and Ra'anana, due to the arrival of a well developed storm cloud. Kfar Saba had already received 5mms as of 12PM. The sudden and heavy rainfall is very localized, and has led to flooding in certain areas. "

 

The storm    (צילום: אסף קמר, כפיר פרידמן )

The storm   (אסף קמר )

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 
"The clouds can dump 10-20 mms in a short while. The storms are very localized, with central Israel receiving most of the rain. The rains will continue to intensify in the afternoon, and there is a strong chance of flooding and heavy rainfall – mainly on the coast," he added.
 

 
Flooding in Raanana (Photo: Ronen Keren)
Flooding in Raanana (Photo: Ronen Keren)

(Photo: Alon Malka)
(Photo: Alon Malka)


 

Kfar Saba (Photo: Elinor Liber)
Kfar Saba (Photo: Elinor Liber)

Raanana (Photo: Eli Winer-Bnia)
Raanana (Photo: Eli Winer-Bnia)

 


פרסום ראשון: 10.28.15, 12:38
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