Police Rescue People From Cars as Heavy Rain, Thunderstorms Batter Israel

Nearly an inch of rain falls in northern part of the country, with people being rescued from their cars in several towns

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A pedestrian walks with a stroller in Tel Aviv on November 15, 2020.
A pedestrian walks with a stroller in Tel Aviv on November 15, 2020.Credit: Moti Milrod
Almog Ben Zikri
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Heavy rains were accompanied by thunderstorms throughout the country on the night between Saturday and Sunday, with emrgency services saying they rescued people from their cars in Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Kiryat Malakhi.

Kibbutz Alon, in the northern part of the country, got 24.7 millimeters (nearly an inch) of rain, while in the south, 20.4 millimeters (0.8 inches) of rain fell in Ashkelon, causing flooding.

Rainfall was somewhat lower in the central part of the country, with 18.1 millimeters (0.71 inches) falling the kibbutz of Nahshon, 14.8 millimeters (0.58 inches) in Beit Dagan, and 12.5 millimeters (0.49 inches) in Tel Aviv.

Haifa and Jerusalem each got only three millimeters (0.12 inches) of rain.

According to the Meteo-Tech weather forecasting company, rain was expected to continue in the northern and central parts of the country on Sunday, with flooding possible near rivers, in coastal towns, and the Shfela area.   

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