Tuesday, October 20th 2020   |

Flooding shuts down Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Traffic stood at a standstill for several hours in Tel Aviv after flooding closed a major highway. The Ayalon Highway closed early Tuesday morning and remained closed throughout the day, as the Ayalon and Yarkon rivers overflowed in the city. The Ayalon is usually a dry riverbed.

Trains running in the Tel Aviv area also were disrupted by flooding and the city’s train stations shut down.

Israelis were asked to avoid traveling to Tel Aviv except in emergency situations.

On Monday, rain and high winds caused damage and power outages throughout Israel. Storms raged across the country and temperatures dropped to below normal. Flooding closed the Herzliya train station and the main Azrielli shopping mall in Modiin, while traffic lights went out in cities.

The power outages have been caused mostly due to falling tree branches.

Snow falling on Mount Hermon caused the closure of its ski slopes and visitors center. More snow was expected this week for Jerusalem and possibly the West Bank.

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