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Heavy Rain, Flood Warnings Continue across Israel

January 21, 2020

by: Ahiya Raved, Raanan Ben Tsur and Itay Blumenthal

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Snow on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 | The stormy weather continued across Israel on Monday, with warnings of local flooding in coastal cities and the lowlands, as well as snowfall on Mount Hermon.

According to Israel Meteorological Service data, the cities with the most rainfall [on Monday] were Bat Yam with 45 mm [1.75 inches] and Netanya with 44 mm [1.73 inches], while overall the center of the country received the most precipitation.

The Sea of Galilee has risen by 5 cm [1.96 inches] since Sunday, reaching a height of 210,665 meters [691,000 feet] below sea level as of Monday morning. The Water Authority said the Sea of Galilee is now just 1.865 meters [6 feet] below its maximum capacity.

The authorities say that the Jordan River drainage basin has received some 40 mm [1.57 inches] of rainfall, causing a moderate rise in its water level.

The heavy rains caused flooding in various locations on Sunday.

The Nature and Parks Authority announced that the extended hiking route at the Nahal Ayun reservation is closed to visitors due to flooding, along with the Ein Gedi reserve and the extended routes at Nahal David and Nahal Arugot.

Due to fears of flooding, the hiking routes along Nahal Darga, Nahal Og and Nahal Prat and all the climbing and abseiling spots in the Judean Desert will remain closed to travelers until tomorrow at the earliest.

The rain continued throughout Monday, especially in the north and center of the country, [bringing] more fears of flooding in the Judean and Jordan rivers and in coastal cities and lowlands.

Today rain will fall sporadically across the entire country, with accompanying thunderstorms and fears of flooding.

Posted on January 21, 2020

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Ynetnews on January 20, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Austin Wetmore/bridgesforpeace.com

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