Downpour Shuts Down Eilat Airport; Stranded School Trip Hikers Rescued

Dozens of hikers rescued from flooded areas in the Eilat mountains.

Stormy weather in Eilat, March 1, 2017.
Israel Police

The airport at Israel's southern resort city of Eilat was briefly closed and dozens of hikers were stranded in the region due to heavy rains and hail. 

Several morning flights were delayed or cancelled after the airport's runways were flooded. The airfield was expected to resume operations at 10 A.M. 

Meanwhile, a group of 130 students and a separate group of hikers had to be rescued from flooded areas in the Eilat mountains. 

The hail caused damage to farms in the nearby Kibbutz Eilot.   

Local rains and possible thunderstorms were expected on Wednesday, carrying a danger of flooding in the rivers of the east and south. Temperatures were expected to drop. Thursday will be colder yet, normal for the season, with occasional light rain in the center and the north.

Hail in Eilat, March 1, 2017.
Doron Levy-Stein