One Dead as Winter Storm Batters Israel for Second Time in a Week

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A taxi driving in a flooded neighborhood in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, January 8, 2019.
A taxi driving in a flooded neighborhood in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, January 8, 2019. Credit: Rami Shllush

One person was found dead as heavy rainfall caused major floods throughout Israel on Wednesday, while the country braces for a second severe storm within a week.

The 38-year-old man drowned while assisting a family whose vehicle was swept away by floods in the northern city of Nahariya. The police said that the man pulled out three people from the car, all of them were in good condition.

According to eye witnesses, the man was later swept away by the current. He was found dead two hours later.

in addition, a private vehicle overturned in the northern city of Nahariya amid the extreme weather conditions. The Nahariya Municipality asked residents to remain in their homes as the storm raged throughout the city.

Floods in the northern city of Nahariya, January 8, 2019.

Haifa, Israel's third biggest city was flooded, and the movement of trains to the north was halted until further notice.

Heavy rain will continue to fall in Israel's north and center throughout the day, accompanied by thunderstorms. Rain is also expected to fall in the northern Negev area, with authorities warning of the region being flooded.

Snow is expected to fall on Mount Hermon, and temperatures will drop below the seasonal average.

Firefighter services and the Israel police are bolstering forces, instructing citizens to avoid entering parking lots and elevators, following the death of two people in their mid-20s in a flooded elevator in a residential building in south Tel Aviv, as heavy rainfall swept through Israel on Saturday.  

The two were trapped when the elevator locked automatically in the building's flooded parking garage, apparently due to an electrical shortage. The man died at the scene and the woman was taken to Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv in critical condition, suffering from severe hypothermia, where her death was declared.