Winter Storm Barbara Hits Israel, to Last Until Wednesday

Rescue, medical teams and police at the scene where scaffolding collapsed after strong winds, in Ashdod, Monday. (Flash90)

Winter storm Barbara reached Israel on Monday morning, bringing strong winds, intense cold and heavy rains. It is expected to last through Wednesday.

Barbara’s effects began to be felt mainly in the north and center of the country. Snowfall is expected on Mount Hermon and the Golan and Galilee peaks, while flooding is feared in the Judean Desert.

On the coast, the gusts of wind will cause waves up to 22-26 feet (6 to 8 meters) high. The municipality of Haifa has organized an emergency headquarters to respond to the possible consequences of the storm. Its units are ready to deal with flooding and blocked roads as well as to clear obstacles such as trees, light poles, signs and traffic lights that could collapse due to strong winds.

Emergency services and municipalities across the country are also preparing for the storm. Israeli firefighters and rescue services were ordered to be ready for action, especially to operate in snow and water. The emergency services called on the population to follow the instructions of the emergency and rescue agencies, and to respect fire safety rules in order to avoid dangerous incidents.

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