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November 28, 2015 / 16 Kislev, 5776
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Thousands of Israeli Families Still ‘Powerless’ for 24 Hours After Winter Storm

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Monday morning dawned grey and cold and wet and powerless for thousands of Israeli families in central Israel whose homes were hit on Sunday with the first winter storm of the season.

Hundreds of thousands of homes suffered intermittent blackouts.

High winds, rain and hail led to hundreds of homes losing power and basic infrastructure being damaged in some areas, according to the Israel Electric Company. Fallen trees damaged power lines in many areas, creating further damage but also dangerous situations in neighborhoods with children and pets.

Gusts of up to 75 to 92 kilometers per hour were recorded at Ben Gurion International Airport, which remained open despite the rain and hail. Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv was closed by the Israel Airports Authority for several hours but reopened by the afternoon.

By Monday morning, some homes Herzliya, Ra’anana, Netanya, Hadera, Ramle, Kfar Saba, Ness Ziona, Rehovot and even in some Tel Aviv neighborhoods were still without power.

A construction worker was killed in Pardes Hanna, and two people were hurt when a ten collapsed in the Jewish community of Har Bracha in Samaria. Flash flooding brought rescue workers out in force to extract people from vehicles unexpectedly caught in the storm, and people trapped in elevators when the power went out.

By mid-morning Monday, the sun was peeking out, however, despite a forecast that held the promise of more rain for later in the day and into the week, possibly until Thursday.

Snow Falls in Jerusalem; Israel Braces for ‘Maximum’ Storm

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Snow is falling in Jerusalem as the country braces for what may be the biggest winter storm of the year. A light blanket of white dropped upon the hills and mountains in Israel’s northern region.

Residents hunkered down under frigid temperatures, gale force winds and unusually high waves along Israel’s Mediterranean coast. Government officials met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to make final preparations on services needed to meet any challenges that could arise during the bad weather.

Roads were closed down due to difficult conditions in several areas in northern Israel, with the strong possibility that the same might happen on the main arteries into Jerusalem, depending on the level of snow accumulation.

Icy rain had already begun falling by Thursday morning as far south as the northern Negev desert. “It is a maximum storm,” Arad resident Coby Schneider told JewishPress.com. “Raining and absolutely freezing and they say we will see snow here too.”

Precipitation is expected to continue Friday, with strong winds through the Sabbath and the possibility of flooding as well.

Stormy Weather in Israel May Interfere with Travel Plans

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Israelis are preparing for incoming stormy weather tonight (Feb. 9-10) that will include gale-force winds and rain, according to predictions by meteorologists.

As a result, the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) is calling upon travelers to plan to arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport as early as possible for scheduled flights, and to check the status of the flight with the airlines before setting out on the road.

Staff at the airport are in the process of securing and evacuating objects that could come loose in the wind, a spokesperson said. Airlines have received information about the possibility of delays due to the expected stormy weather ahead, the IAA said.

Passengers were warned to expect difficult road conditions and possible traffic jams; as usual, it is best to arrive three hours before scheduled departures.

Updated flight schedules are available on the IAA website and on its smartphone application.

Northeastern United States Gears Up for Epic Blizzard

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Forecasters are predicting another “epic” blizzard that could top the one that buried New York and surrounds last winter.

The “potentially historic” snowstorm could dump up to three feet of snow along a swathe from New Jersey as far as southern Maine, according to the National Weather Service.

New Yorkers were out in force as early as Sunday to stock up on essentials, such as candles, matches, snow shovels, rock salt to melt the expected ice on their sidewalks and extra food supplies.

The blizzard warning was issued as early as this weekend, with shoppers already out in force to scour the store shelves in a 250-mile stretch along the northeastern United States. “Milk, cereal, snacks for the kids, orange juice – in general I made sure we had enough food to last through the storm for the next two or three days,” Brooklynite Shlomit Belilos told JewishPress.com late Sunday night.

Heavy snow, gale-force winds and widespread coastal flooding is predicted in New York starting sometime late Monday afternoon or early evening and continuing on into Tuesday. Snow is expected to fall at a rate of up to two inches per hour at some points.

“This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said gravely at a news conference held Sunday. Holding up a list of the Big Apple’s Top Ten Snowstorms, de Blasio said the predicted blizzard could make the list, which dates back to 1872.

“Don’t underestimate this storm,” he warned. “Prepare for the worst,” he advised New Yorkers, telling them to plan to leave work early today (Monday, Jan. 26.) Forecasters predict that New York City could be buried under snow drifts as high as 26 inches or more.

More than 1,700 flights are expected to cancel departures and arrivals at airports along the Eastern Coast. Airlines have already prepared to shut down operations at major airports, according to the FlightAware tracking site.

Philadelphia could see between 14 to 18 inches, and Boston is expected to get between 18 to 24 inches of snow, with up to three feet west of Beantown.

Wind gusts of 75 miles per hour or more are possible for coastal areas of Massachusetts, bringing with them coastal flooding, and up to 50 mph winds further inland.

Stormy Knesset Session

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

H/T: Jameel@Muqata

1 Million Evacuated in Philippines Typhoon

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

One million people were evacuated Saturday as powerful typhoon Hagupit roared into the eastern Philippines.

Trees crashed in the pouring rain and whipping wind, bringing down power lines and ripping the tin roofs off small homes as the storm made landfall.

Most of the central island of Samar and nearby Leyte province, including Tacloban City, lost power.

But officials and coordinators of first responders were cheerful as they spoke to reporters, saying they had things “under control.”

So far, there has been no report of any casualties, in fact, despite winds of up to 110 miles per hour (175 kph) near the center and packing gusts of up to 130 mph (210 kph).

Hagupit, which means “lash” in Filipino, is being called “Ruby” by local forecasters and government officials.

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas urged citizens over government radio to leave their homes in order to stay safe. “Ruby’s lashing will be severe,” he said. “Let’s be alert. Let’s evacuate to prevent any harm to your families.”

Approximately 100 domestic flights were canceled in the interest of safety.

But the typhoon was not expected to reach the capital, Manila, forecasters said.

Last year, typhoon Yolanda caused tremendous damage to the city of Ormoc, which has a large number of fishermen. The powerful typhoon destroyed their boats, and many were left without the means to support their families.

IsraAID in partnership with Philos provided the fishermen 11 motorized boats which enabled them to reach deep water, where better quality fish can be found, and then sold on the market.

Such fish also find their way to the kosher markets in Israel.

Wicked Storm from Russia ‘Attacks’ Israel with Rain and Snow

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A wicked and rare early winter storm plowed into Israel Wednesday, and weather forecasters predict between four and eight inches of rain will fall in the north, with gale force winds and possibly snow in Jerusalem and the higher hills of Judea and Samaria.

Snow is rare in Israel in early December, and predicting the white stuff in the country is as tricky as forecasting anything else in the Middle East. A tiny shift in the winds often moves a weather system towards or away from land, and a change of one or two degrees in the temperature can spell the difference between rain and snow.

This week’s system is a woozy, and the only questions are whether the rains will be drenching or extremely torrential, and if snow will accumulate in Jerusalem.

Rain fell in central and northern Israel last week after a dry November, and some communities in the western Negev received as much as four inches of rain. The Kinneret began to rise for the first time since last spring, but that is only a sneak preview of what is in store for the country from today through Sunday.

Before it is all over, more than three feet of snow is expected to have fallen on the upper slopes of the Hermon, which would allow for a very early opening of the ski season next week, weather permitting.

The Ministry of Agriculture predicts that up to seven inches of rain will fall in the northern Golan Heights, six inches in the Haifa area, 2-3 inches on the Kinneret, 5-6 inches around metropolitan Tel Aviv, 2-3 inches in the northern Negev and more than half an inch in the parched Arava desert.

The storm is rare in its expected intensity and length because it is headed from Russia, via the Black Sea, an unusual occurrence in early December. Meteorologist Tzachi Waxman of Meteo-Tech said, “A cold wave like this is exceptional for this time of year and usually occurs in January and February.”

Torrential rains will raise the level of the Kinneret dramatically once run-off begins from mountain streams.

The downside of the storm will be the usual flooded streets, traffic jams and power outages resulting from electric poles and wires downed by heavy winds and from heavy demand for power by everyone using electric heaters to stay warm.

Air traffic at Ben Gurion may be disrupted, which could knock out the schedule of U.S. Secretary John Kerry who is to land in Israel on Wednesday. With a bit of luck, good or bad depending on your view, he might not be able to land at all.

Heavy rains and strong winds, which may reach gale force velocity, began falling in the northern Negev late Tuesday. Weather maps indicate a rare phenomenon for this time of year will occur on Wednesday, when rain is expected to fall over the entire country, from the northern border to Eilat.

Snow on Wednesday night will cover Tzfat (Safed) and other higher elevations in the northern Galilee and the Golan Heights, and it will continue on Thursday, with occasional thunderstorms throughout the country.

There is a chance of snow in Jerusalem and the mountains in Judea and Samaria and the Negev on Thursday and a higher probability that snow will fall on those areas Thursday night and Friday. However, there is no assurance that the snow will accumulate below altitudes of 2,800 feet, the height of most of the highest areas in Jerusalem. Parts of Gush Etzion and the southern Hevron Hills are as high as 3,000 feet, where accumulation is more probable.

Flash floods will smash through the Judean Desert and Arava.

Private weather forecasters predict that the storm will continue to pummel Israel on the Sabbath before weakening late in the day. It will be extremely cold Saturday night, with possible sub-zero temperatures in higher elevations.

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