Air Force Rescues 14 from Negev Floods; One Dead
The Air Force rescued at least 14 people in the
Monday evening, the Air Force carried out a complicated helicopter rescue mission of four truckers whose vehicle was caught in raging waters that have not been seen in the Eilat region and the central
Among other rescue efforts Monday, the Air Force evacuated a pregnant Bedouin woman to the nearest hospital, rescued two truck drivers and a young boy injured in a car accident, evacuated the survivor of a jeep that was washed away by flash floods, and saved two premature babies and a kidney-failure patient.
Photo: Flash floods near Eilat
Several major highways remained closed to traffic, and one bridge collapsed, cutting off several communities from the outside world. Heavy rains are rare in the Arava and central
Nearly two inches of rain flooded Be’er Sheva, where a river bed was filled with raging water for the first time in years. More than three inches of precipitation was registered in
On Tuesday, forecasters said the storm will weaken, and rain will fall over northern and central regions with scattered thunderstorms and possible light rain in the south. Snow will fall on the Hermon mountains.
Photo: Western Wall prayers under umbrellas
Occasional showers will continue on Wednesday and Thursday over the northern and central regions, and local rain still is possible in the south as temperatures drop.
The thermometer will rise on Friday under partly cloudy skies, but the long-term forecast calls for more rain on the Sabbath and next Sunday.
Water authorities are anxiously awaiting heavy rains in the