Weather damage: Many trees fell near the Sea of Galilee, fires broke out in the north
Many vacationers on the Sea of Galilee were forced to evacuate from the beaches during the night, after strong winds blew tents and equipment and knocked down trees.
Roads in the area have been blocked, and beaches will not be open during the day.
Fires broke out in the Jordan area and in Kiryat Shmona;
Firefighters are working to put out the fires
Sunday, 15 May 2022, 08:23 Updated: 08:42
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Strong winds in the Sea of Galilee, May 15, 2022 (Oshri Weizmann)
The bush and the strong winds that prevailed last night (Saturday) caused a lot of damage in the northern region.
In the Sea of Galilee trees fell on many roads, and the shores of the union will not be opened during the day;
Large thorn fires broke out in the Golan and Kiryat Shmona.
Many of the vacationers on the Sea of Galilee stayed to sleep on the beaches yesterday, despite the warnings about the strong winds.
Due to the storms equipment and many tents flew and branches and trees fell.
Vacationers were evacuated from some of the beaches by beach managers and staff.
The control room of the Union of Kinneret Cities stated that this morning the shores of the Sea of Galilee will not be opened, "in order to estimate the damage from the storm."
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Many roads were blocked.
A tree that fell in the Upper Galilee (Photo: Official website, Upper Galilee Council)
Fire in Kiryat Shmona, firefighters on the spot (Photo: Dovrat Kava)
Also, due to the falls of the trees, Road 92 Haon Junction to the north, Road 918 from Gadot in the direction of Gonen and Road 977 from the Goma junction to the Lehavot HaBashan junction in both directions were blocked for traffic.
Oriental winds in gusts of 140 km / h caused hundreds of thousands of shekels in damage in the Hula Valley.
During the night, two large fires broke out in the area of the settlement of Had Nes, which sits on the banks of the Jordan, and in the southern industrial area of Kiryat Shmona.
14 fire crews are operating in both arenas.
In the first fire, firefighters with the help of the Nature and Parks Authority were able to stop the fire from reaching the settlement, and four planes from the Elad Fire Squadron are still working to put out the fire.
In a fire in Kiryat Shmona, firefighters are still working to put out the fire, lest it reach the factories and businesses there.
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