PHOTOS: Heavy winter storms slam Israel

Monday, January 07, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel this week is being hit by heavy thunderstorms and meteorologists are predicting further stormy weather and even snow in the Jerusalem area.

While the rain is welcome, the storms sweeping across the land have caused massive damage. Flooding and property damage, closed roads, hail damage, the closure of a major sewage system in the Tel Aviv area. Talk in the Israel media is of further chaos.

But many are trying to see the positive side of the weather situation: Thanks to the heavy rain the water level of the Sea of ​​Galilee is rapidly on the rise. Only three more meters and the lake will be full.

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