Electric outages and closed roads
Electrical outages were reported in north Tel Aviv, Ramat Hasharon, Eben Yehuda, Netanya, Haifa, Yeroham, Ashkelon and some West Bank settlements on Friday due to strong winds. The Israel Electricity Corp. warned the public about fallen cables due to the high winds.
The IEC is on a state of alert and has completed preparations for the storm, including sending generators to sensitive areas in Jerusalem and the north and putting emergency teams on standby. For the past two weeks the IEC has been uprooting trees in close proximity to electrical installations.
For the first time this winter, large volumes of rain fell in the north of the country, raising the level of the Kinneret by about three centimeters. Snow continues to pile up on the Hermon, while light snow is falling in the northern Golan settlements.
Several roads on the Golan have been closed due to the weather. They include Artillery junction on road 91 in the direction of Ein Zivan; Waset junction in the direction of Masada (road 978) and Ein Zivan (959,) Mifal Saar junction in the direction of Neve Ativ and Majdal Shams and Ein Sivan junction to those heading north from the direction of the eastern Golan.
The roads in the Golan are slippery due to the rain and snow, with police advising the public to stay away from the northern Golan.
The storm is expected to begin petering out on Saturday, though rain will continue falling in the north and center of the country. Temperatures will be well below the seasonal average.