web analytics
September 19, 2014 / 24 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



Morid Ha'Geshem

Israel’s Storm: Extreme Rainfalls, More than $250 Mil. in Damages

The Kinneret is expected to rise at a rate of 1 inch per day until the end of the season.
The Tel Aviv coastline during the storm.

The Tel Aviv coastline during the storm.
Photo Credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

Last week’s storm in Israel was a record-breaker on many ccounts.

Many areas in the country received between 8-12 inches of rain, which occurs on average every 10-15 years. Rainfalls in the north have accumulated to 80%-95% of the total annual average, and an astonishing 180-230% of the average rainfall for this time of the year.

In central Israel, the rains have reached 70-85% of the yearly average and 150-200% of the average for this time of year.

Even in the Negev Desert, where up until recently the rainfall has been bellow average, the rains have reached 150% of the average for this period. A continuous rainfall period of 6-7 days is not common in the Negev, and over the last 50 years has been recorded only four other times, in 1965, 1969, 1992, and 1995.

The water level of Lake Kinneret continues to rise as a result of heavy precipitation (the Kinneret is Israel’s main source of water). The level rose by 35 inches in the past week, one of the sharpest recorded rises in such a short period of time. The Kinneret’s current level has already surpassed the highest level recorded last winter.

The Kinneret has risen a total of 57 inches since the beginning of the season, and is expected to rise at a rate of 1 inch per day until the end of the season.

Snow has accumulated throughout the Galilee and the Golan in the North, and in Jerusalem and its environs, and even in the northern Negev, during the second half of last week. Such a heavy snow fall occurs every few years, with the last big storm recorded in 2008. Other recent major storms have occurred in 2003, 2000 and 1998.

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, some 25,000 homes lost electricity, due to wreckage caused by extremely strong wind gusts blowing at 63 miles per hour in some places. In Jerusalem, the winds reached 69 miles per hour. The last record for Jerusalem stood at 60 miles per hour, in the year 2000.

Many homes in central Israel were flooded as a result of torrential rains. The Union of Local Authorities in Israel has estimated that the damage caused to the infrastructure by the storm stands at 1 billion NIS, or $267,387,000. The damage caused to the financial sector is estimated at 300 million NIS, or $80,216,100, half of which was lost due to the absence of workers who were unable to get to work because of flooded roads.

About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Israel’s Storm: Extreme Rainfalls, More than $250 Mil. in Damages”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Sen. Ted Cruz acts senate for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act. Sept. 18, 2014.
Ds Reject Voting to Strip Citizenship From US Jihadi ISIS Volunteers
Latest News Stories

Terrorists from Shuafat Refugee Camp opened fire at a home in Pisgat Ze’ev…

Iron Dome Missile Defense System protecting parts of southern Israel.

Defense official do not believe Hamas will actually begin shooting rockets at Israel over the next week or two.

Sen. Ted Cruz acts senate for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act. Sept. 18, 2014.

Cruz sought but failed to obtain senate’s unanimous consent to pass Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014.

Terror tunnel work accident leaves 1 terrorist dead.

The world’s oldest known Jewish prayer book, or siddur, was displayed for the first time to the general public at the Bible Lands Museum.

The cabinet is set to vote on the path of the security fence which would cut off Gush Etzion from Jerusalem as well as be a major eyesore.

UK Muslims are calling on ISIS to release British aid volunteer Alan Henning, whose life is now threatened by the group.

Border Police officers blocked an axe-toting Arab man from carrying out a terror attack near Jerusalem.

A Code Red incoming rocket alert was sounded for Gaza Belt and Ashkelon Coastal communities.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says former Pres. Bill Clinton is wrong about PM Netanyahu.

A massive sting operation hauled in 15 suspects and foiled a plot by ISIS to hold a public beheading in Australia.

A 3-hour strike at Ben Gurion International Airport at check-in counters has delayed thousands.

Have you seen Menachem Bodner’s twin brother Jeno, or Jolli Gottesman? He’s out there.

Iran scorns as “ridiculous” a US-led anti-ISIS coalition without boots on the ground.

A prison inmate on death row in Connecticut is demanding kosher food, though he’s not really Jewish.

More Articles from Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency
Arab youth throwing a firebomb at Jews.

Palestinian Authority terrorists set off a bomb at a bus stop in Samaria and threw two pipe bombs at passing Jewish drivers in Samaria on Sunday. No one was injured. Police sappers were called to the Rechalim Junction where the bomb exploded. They did not find any other explosive devices and still are searching for […]

The majority of the reactions are against the truce, and all voiced skepticism about its viability.

PA claims – ISIS founded by US in order to destabilize and take control of the Middle East.

“I was amazed and pleased that a rabbi would call the Islamization of Europe a good thing. Likewise I believe an all Jewish Europe would be a great thing too,” Turk said.

Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau stated: “Israel is preparing for the ‘day after’.

Zeidan stated he supports Hamas, even as the missiles landed on his areas, [h]e cannot remain silent, even if [Hamas] missiles land on our heads.

As the cease fire deadline approaches, Hamas is threatening to reignite the further destruction of Gaza…

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israels-storm-extreme-rainfalls-more-than-250-mil-in-damages/2013/01/13/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: