Heavy rainfall and powerful gusts over the country generated massive flooding on Thursday, as infrastructure in various cities collapsed and left dozens trapped in flooded structures.
The railway station in Herzliya was shut due to flooding and railway services will not halt at the location. Alternative medians of transport were extended to enable people from the region to reach at Tel Aviv-University site.
In Hadera, dozens of commuters got trapped in the railway station, following rainwater levels increased and drowned the whole exit.
Submerged streets were also proclaimed in Herzliya, Bnei Brak and Hod HaSharon, while people in Ramat HaSharon recorded overflows in their houses.
In Ashkelon, citizens woke up to an odour of gas, produced by an oil tanker that was broken because of the rain. Further, water that was gathered in a major intersection in the city prompted the road to fall, forming a massive sinkhole.
Rescue services were dispatched to Nahariya on Thursday evening following massive rain caused floods that barred many streets in the city. Residents were asked to stay indoors and cleared major transportation paths to allow rescue units to reach people needing support.
Firefighting units engaged in the area of Kfar Saba to assist people confined in their vehicles due to flooded roadways. The teams announced that several homes, lifts and parking areas were submerged and that numerous people required extraction.
Various major highways, including Highway 2 and Highway 5, were obstructed due to abundant rainfall.
The IDF informed that some army camps were drowned, including the Glilot camps in Ramat Hasharon and the Kirya military base. Buildings and IT systems were degraded, but the IDF said all operational exercise was to proceed as usual.
Several people needed medical care due to the cold climate. Overnight, a 95-year-old man who was spotted on the road with shallow body heat was hospitalized at Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center. A 37-year-old was reportedly mopped away by powerful currents and sustained hypothermia. He was released from hospital following taking treatment.
The thundershower is predicted to last all the way over the weekend.
The storm did have some positive results, with the Kinneret increasing by 2.5 cm. over Wednesday evening.