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Florida Awaits Hurricane Matthew, Deadliest Storm Since 2004

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The deadliest hurricane since 2004 was expected to strike the eastern Florida coast by Thursday night, prompting the state’s governor to plead with residents to “evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.”

Matthew is a Category 4 hurricane, just one level short of the deadliest storm possible, and considered to be the strongest in decades.

The island nation of Haiti this week lost 98 lives to Matthew; four other people died in the Dominican Republic when the hurricane hit that nation’s coast.

In Florida, a state of emergency has already been declared and some two million residents have been urged by Florida Governor Rick Scott to evacuate their homes in anticipation of damage from the storm. Winds could reach up to 145 miles per hour at landfall.

The Florida governor activated 2,500 members of the National Guard to help keep order as people prepare for the storm. Nearly 1600 flights have already been cancelled. Gas stations are emptying, and grocery store shelves are just about bare. Trains and cruise ships in south Florida are suspending service.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned in a bulletin, “extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew heading for Florida.” The site has updated advisories on the latest status of the storm, and its current location.

According to The Weather Channel, Matthew is expected to be the strongest Florida East Coast strike since Hurricane Andrew, and likely to also bring similar destruction to the Georgia coast and to the coast of South Carolina, with dangerous, life-threatening storm surge and flooding rains expected.

“The eyewall may deliver the strongest, most destructive winds anyone in parts of the northeast and east-central Florida coast has seen in their lifetime,” according to the site. “The last, and only Category 4 hurricane to make landfall anywhere in northeast Florida or the Georgia coast was an 1898 hurricane south of St. Simons Island, Georgia.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott warned residents in a media briefing on Thursday: “Do not surf. Do not go on the beach. This will kill you… There is no reason not to leave… Millions will lose power, possibly for a long period of time. My goal is to make sure everyone is prepared. Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.”

Hana Levi Julian

Hot, Dry Weather Leads to Flames, Traffic Jams and Accidents in Israel

Monday, August 1st, 2016

The hot and dry weather that has struck the region has caused numerous power outages around Israel, leading to traffic jams and motor vehicle accidents due to malfunctioning traffic lights.

There were numerous accidents with injured passengers on major arteries in Israel on Monday due to the malfunctioning traffic signals.

The weather has also led to brush fires, forest fires and other issues around the country — including problems with the water in the yishuv of Nehemia. Residents there have been warned by the Health Ministry to “boil any water from the area until further notice, and not to use it for drinking, cooking, preparation of food or medicine or even brushing one’s teeth without first boiling it and straining it.”

In the central part of the Galilee, a team of firefighters battled a forest fire on Monday afternoon between the communities of Tefen and Kfar Horadim.

Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control and said no injuries were reported.

In the Romema neighborhood of Jerusalem, a separate fire caused major damage to a home late in the day.

One woman suffered smoke inhalation in the blaze. She received first aid on the scene before being evacuated to a local medical center. It’s not clear what caused the blaze.

Hana Levi Julian

Summer Break Fun

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Asher Schwartz

Inclement Weather No Match For Celebrate Israel Parade

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Overcast skies and sporadic showers failed to dampen the enthusiasm of tens of thousands of marchers and spectators at this year’s Celebrate Israel parade in Manhattan.

The parade, which kicked off Sunday at 11 a.m. and made its way up Fifth Avenue from 57th Street to 74th Street, drew a heavy contingent of political leaders, celebrities, and Israeli dignitaries.

Among the elected officials present were New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who that very morning ordered state agencies to divest themselves of companies and organizations aligned with the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement; Mayor Bill de Blasio, who declared that New Yorkers “believe in Israel and we have a deep love for the people of Israel”; Senator Charles Schumer; State Assemblyman David Weprin; State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli; City Comptroller Scott Stringer; New York City Public Advocate Letitia James; and representatives Charles Rangel and Kathleen Rice.

Israeli officials at the parade included UN ambassador Danny Danon; consul general Ido Aharoni; Beersheba mayor Ruvik Danilovich; and members of Knesset David Bitan (Likid), Yoel Hasson (Zionist Union), Yakov Margi (Shas), and Yoel Razvozov (Yesh Atid).

Among the celebrities showing their support of Israel were honorary grand marshal Kathie Lee Gifford (the television personality told reporters she visits Israel every year) and renowned therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who turned 88 on Saturday. Westheimer, who served as a sniper for the Haganah during Israel’s war of independence, has become a fixture at the Celebrate Israel Parade.

As always, though, the heart and soul of the parade were the marching bands, singing groups, and hundreds of day schools and organizations representing virtually all segments of the Jewish community.

Even the wet weather was seen by many as a net positive. “Let the world see that rain or shine, we come here to rally for Israel,” said a teenager marching with Brooklyn’s Yeshiva Derech HaTorah.

“Our support for Israel Doesn’t Stop for the Rain” read a sign along the parade route.

Yocheved, a 15 year old waving Israeli flags with her parents and two younger sisters, said this was her fourth Celebrate Israel Parade and it was the weather that made it special.

Naomi Klass Mauer

Firefighters Get Control Over Jerusalem-Area Forest Fires Near Beit Shemesh, Givat HaMatos

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Firefighters were once again faced with flames in the forests around Jerusalem as the temperatures soared and dry air created a tinderbox among the trees.

A team of four firefighters managed to get control of a forest fire in Horesh, in the area of Givat HaMatos, according to local officials by around 2 pm Tuesday afternoon.

There was a serious concern the blaze would reach buildings located in the area; as a result, people living in nearby caravans temporarily evacuated their homes.

Likewise, a similar firefighting team of four was deployed to the forested hills surrounding the area near the southwestern Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh.

The flames had reached an abandoned forest, but firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control, said Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson Udi Gal.

No injuries were reported from either site.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Helps Sri Lanka After Deadly Landslides

Monday, May 30th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – After a series of floods and landslides killed over 100 people in Sri Lanka nearly two weeks ago, Israel is supplying approximately US$20,000 in aid to the island nation’s Disaster Relief Management Ministry, Israel’s Foreign Ministry reported before the weekend.

“As a friend and partner of Sri Lanka, Israel was honored to provide emergency assistance following the recent floods,” said Israel’s ambassador to Sri Lanka Daniel Carmon.

The recent floods and landslides on the Asian island located off of India’s southern coast were caused by massive rainstorms on May 14 and have claimed at least 100 deaths.

The disaster relief supplies provided by Israel are primarily geared towards repairing and improving the water and sewage systems in Sri Lanka that have been decimated by the flooding and landslides. Included among the supplies are water pumps, water filters, solar lighting kits, LED torches and 50,000 tablets for water purification.

Israel is also planning to send a number of its water experts to Sri Lanka in order to help provide the country with long-term improvements in its water sector.

“We have every intention that this emergency aid would ease the recovery of the areas affected by the floods and that it will transform into a strong and meaningful cooperation in the field of water,” Carmon stressed.

“Our hearts and minds are with the people of Sri Lanka and especially the families of the victims and all of those who were affected by the floods, as the loss of lives and the damages are truly heart breaking.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Hundreds Suffer Ill Effects From Heat Wave in Israel

Monday, May 16th, 2016

The extreme heat wave, or “sharav” that began on Saturday in Israel has brought with it warnings to Israelis not to forget to keep drinking water.

Those with medical conditions, the elderly, young, and pregnant are urged to remain indoors with fans or air conditioning as much as possible.

Temperatures spiked on Sunday, reaching into the 40s celsius (100s fahrenheit) in desert and beach areas such as Eilat, where it reached as high as 45 / 113 degrees.

At least 440 people so far have been treated between Saturday and Monday mornings for heat exhaustion, dehydration, fainting and other results of the heat wave. The Magen David Adom emergency medical response service said it has been called to treat hundreds of people. More than 30 were dehydrated, and nearly 200 had fainted.

Three suffered from heat stroke. Among those were an eight-year-old girl who was hiking near Nachal Tavor in the Lower Galilee, and a 40-year-old man, found semi-conscious on Sunday on the roof of a building in Lod. Both were hospitalized in serious condition.

The extreme heat is expected to continue at least into Tuesday.

Hana Levi Julian

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