Israel hit by major winter storm

Monday, January 18, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

The cold weather and heavy rains that have been pounding Europe finally made their way over to Israel on Monday, flooding much of the country.

The heavy rains brought traffic to a standstill in many areas, and destroyed at least one major bridge in the northern Negev region.

The rains were particularly troublesome for residents of the Negev, where roads are not made to handle such downpours. Monday's showers brought triple the amount of the Negev's usual annual rainfall.

The rains are expected to let up on Tuesday, but resume on Wednesday. Heavy snowfall is forecast for Mt. Hermon in northern Israel.

While the volume of the downpour is an inconvenience, Israeli officials hope to capture much of the precipitation and use it to alleviate Israel's growing water crisis.

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