Sea of Galilee Level Rises as Israel Braces for Another Soaking

Thursday will see even more rain after a stormy Wednesday caused flooding throughout Israel

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Flooding in Ashdod, November 4, 2020.
Flooding in Ashdod, November 4, 2020.Credit: Ilan Assayag

After a day of heavy rains and thunderstorms, Israel is bracing for even more rain Thursday with a risk of flooding in seasonal streambeds. The rainfall will spread from north to the Negev, with colder than usual temperatures.

Flooding in Ein Prat (also known as Wadi Qelt) near Jericho
Floods in Mamshit river in the Negev

The precipitation will ease off in the afternoon. The coast will be choppy, with waves ranging from 120 to 300 centimeters, with northwesterly winds blowing 24-60 kph (15-37 mph).

Lake Kinneret rose 2 centimeters from Wednesday, reaching a level of 209.975 meters below sea level, which is 1.175 meters below the upper red line. The lake is now 3.025 meters above the lower red line.

Even before the latest rains, the lake started out November at its highest level since 1993. The amounts of rain that fell over the Golan and the Galilee on Wednesday topped 100 millimeters in certain areas, but streambeds there didn’t see any significant flow of water.

Getting creative during flooding in Ashdod

Wednesday's rain also caused flooding throughout Israel. Rescue services saved people from floods at 25 sites throughout Ashdod, including from a basement where the city's homeless sometimes sleep. In Ashkelon, teams rescued residents stranded with their cars, and Tel Aviv forbade swimming along all its beaches because of sewage seepage.

Friday will be partly cloudy and a little chillier than usual for the season. More rainfall is expected, heightening fears of flooding in eastern streambeds. Skies will be partly cloudy to clear on Saturday, but there will still be a chance of rain in certain areas. The mercury will start to rebound closer to the average. Sunday will be partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of rain.

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