"The siren is transmitted via telephone. We got the call, and immediately after the house began to shake."
"The whole city became Venice. Everything is flooded, the playground, there are ten cars stuck in the puddles."
Due to the unusual weather patterns, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority announced closures of the tourism and hiking trails at Nahal Darga and Nahal Qumran.
One reporter likened the scene -- only 30 miles southwest of Guatemala City, the capital -- to that of Pompei.
Foreign Ministry officials are working with Guatemalan authorities to determine whether Israeli search and rescue teams are needed.
At least 62 people were confirmed dead by early Tuesday and a total of two million people were affected in what is being called the biggest eruption of the volcano in 40 years.
Search and rescue personnel have spent the past two days searching for Ayman Jaber of Taibe.
The 3 earthquakes were on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea.
The trip organizers wrote: "Don't worry, we are well prepared for the trip, and the course has it coordinated with the appropriate authorities. It will be fun, wet, and full of great memories."
The Police asked the public avoid locations where security forces are carrying out weather-related operations, because it "could endanger the lives of the curious and interfere with the activity of the forces."
“The State of Israel grieves for the promising young lives that were cut off by the grave disaster in the Arava. We embrace, with pain, the grieving families, and pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded.”
Officials decided to temporarily stop the search due to the weather conditions and the risk to rescue forces, Israel Police Negev Region said.
Nine teens lost their lives in the tragedy. One teen is still missing. Fifteen are safe.
As of 6:30 p.m. Israel time, United Hatzalah volunteers across the country had treated 87 patients due to injuries related to the storm.
Twenty-five students were swept away by a huge wave as the roaring waters rushed into the riverbed.
The tank was successfully rescued and there were no casualties as a result of the incident, other than a few bruised egos.
The freak thunderstorm hurled hail the size of giant marbles -- or in Israeli terms, the size of cherry tomatoes -- down on the city, sending pedestrians and felines alike scurrying for cover.
Last year, the Israel Space Agency signed an agreement with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to use its expertise in the examination of deep space radiation effects and its absorption in the human body.
"The combination of a shorter rainy season and a longer dry season may cause a major water problem in Israel and neighboring countries."
Early warning systems for tsunamis are also crucial in order to protect power stations in Tel Aviv and Ashkelon, and desalination plants, that could be damaged.
The rains of the last few weeks have improved the seasonal rainfall, and the rabbinate has changed its directive and ordered the chazan to no longer say the special prayer for rainfall.
It appears the drought may also be over for this year, though it's not enough water to refill the lake.
On Friday forecasters in Israel are predicting thunderstorms and hail from the north to the northern Negev, with more snow at Mount Hermon.
Israel's Thursday weather is expected to continue to be particularly wintry.
"The government is trying to find water in other places. But the quality of the water will be very poor. So for now, the vegetables are fine, but the earth is losing its minerals and soil structure."