Blackout Hits North Tel Aviv, Suburbs

Public asked to avoid Ayalon Highway, major arteries, because traffic lights are out.

Trucks and cars stuck in traffic on the Ayalon Highway coming into Tel Aviv.
Nir Keidar

The electricity network in north Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan has crashed because of a transformer that caught fire, the Israel Electric Corporation announced on Monday.

The company stated its workers were fixing the problem, expecting it to be fixed within an hour.

Loss of electricity was reported throughout the city's northern quarters, as well as the stock exchange area and the Elite neighborhood of Ramat Gan.

Electricity problems caused traffic lights to malfunction, which in turn led to traffic jams on the following traffic arteries in Tel Aviv: Namir Boulevard heading south, Yitzhak Sadeh, Hamasger and Arlosoroff. Likewise, there is heavy traffic at the Abba Hillel and Bialik junctions in Ramat Gan. The Israel Police is helping direct traffic. The public is requested to be patient and to listen to officer directions, as well as to avoid traveling in the area or on the Ayalon Highway.