Kibbutz Ein Gedi beseiged by storm

Winter weather including rain, strong winds and low temperatures will continue throughout the day. Highway 90 and Hermon have been closed.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Rain, Tel Aviv
Rain, Tel Aviv
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Due to the large amount of rainfall over the past day in Israel, the Ein Gedi Kibbutz has been sealed and there is no access to the area due to flash flooding. School in the regional district of Tamar (Dead Sea area) has been cancelled. 

Additionally, flooding has made transportation difficult in a large area of the city of Sderot.  

Rainfall will continue throughout the day in most parts of Israel with accompanying winds tapering off at around 8:00 p.m. Temperatures are expected to stay between 8 and 15 degrees centigrade (46-59 degree Fahrenheit) in most parts of the country.

In addition to the the kibbutz being closed, all of Highway 90 between Ein Gedi and Ein Bokek has been closed to traffic until further notice due to a high risk of flash flooding in the area.

Drivers are warned to drive with caution and avoid flash floods throughout the remainder of highway 90 from the Dead Sea to through the south eastern Arava.

The Hermon ski resort has also been closed due to the weather and the thick layer of fog and strong winds that are buffeting the mountain.

The mountainous regions throughout Israel extending from Hevron up until Tiberias have a high chance of rain expected again tomorrow, however the rain in the coastal region should be ending tonight according to the forecast.