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The winds, the snow - and the fear of pollution: the storm "Barbara" arrives in Israel today Israel today


Israel is preparing for the storm that will hit tomorrow with its full force • The Fire and Rescue Authority calls on the public to anchor mobile objects on roofs, balconies and gardens as soon as possible for fear of collapsing trees, poles and flying objects that could endanger citizens • The Ministry of Health calls on the elderly population to be careful about activity and movement, to increase blood circulation and body temperature • And the Ministry of Environmental Protection warns of high air pollution

Winter is coming in full force:

the storm "Barbara" is coming to Israel today (Monday), when already at night we started to feel a significant cooling. 

Throughout the country it will be rainy, cold and stormy, there is a fear of flooding in the cities, and floods in the streams.

A blizzard will occur in Hermon, the snow will gradually spread to the peaks of the Galilee and Golan mountains above 1000 m and their hair may be on the ground.

There is a fear of floods in the East and Dead Sea streams.

It will be colder than usual and heavy rains will fall throughout the country, photo: Dodo Greenspan

The electric company announced that starting tomorrow the company will operate in emergency mode and that they are prepared for the stormy weather that will prevail this week.

In view of the forecast for especially stormy weather during the week, and the expectation of severe cold and strong winds of up to 100 km/h, the electric company postponed the planned works, reinforced the field teams, ensured the ability to operate the heavy equipment, including the lifting platforms, deployed generators in the high places, where there could be problems accessibility, will increase the response at the 103 call center and on the digital self-service platforms. All the resources of the electric company are channeled to respond to faults and hazards in the network, in order to provide regular electricity to the residents of the country. The company asks the public to move objects away and fix to the ground items that could damage the electric network.

Snow is expected to fall in Hermon, photo: Hermon site

If, as a result of strong winds, electrical wires are broken, the public is asked to drive carefully and safely and to notify the Electric Company immediately - on the Electric Company's website, on WhatsApp 055-7000103, at the service center 103, and on the Facebook page.

High air pollution

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Health are warning that from tomorrow morning high to very high air pollution is expected in the Negev and Arava - this, due to high concentrations of respirable particles;

Low to moderate air pollution is expected in the rest of the country.

The reason for the high air pollution is strong southwesterly winds that cause sandstorms and transport dust from the Sinai direction to our area.

An improvement in air quality is expected towards evening, with the change in wind directions and the arrival of the rains.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection warns of high air pollution, photo: Dodo Greenspan

In light of this, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Ministry of Health, recommends that sensitive populations - including heart patients, lung patients, the elderly, children and pregnant women - avoid vigorous physical activity outside.

For the general population it is recommended to reduce strenuous physical activity outside.

In the branch of information and training of the population in fire and rescue, the public is called to heed life-saving instructions:

  • It is recommended to use safe means of heating such as an air conditioner or radiator

  • It is recommended not to use heating devices with a visible flame such as a coil oven, and heating devices should be kept away from blankets, mattresses and sofas - the heat radiation can cause fires.

  • Due to the strong winds throughout the country, it is recommended to anchor mobile objects on roofs, balconies and gardens as soon as possible for fear of collapsing trees, poles and flying objects that would endanger citizens.

  • Any hazard that could harm passers-by must be reported to the authorities.

  •  Drivers must slow down significantly and adapt to the road conditions, which include fog, and strong side winds that could shake the vehicle.

Due to the strong winds across the country, it is recommended to anchor mobile objects on roofs, balconies and gardens as soon as possible for fear of falling trees, photo: Dodo Greenspan

The Ministry of Health is updating the information for the public and calling on the elderly population as well as parents of babies and young children to take several important actions in order to avoid health damage.

  • When staying at home - be sure to be active and move, to increase blood flow and body temperature.

  •  Heating - heating the house at a constant temperature of approximately 24 degrees, which is not less than 21 degrees and taking care of the air humidity in the room, to avoid dry air.

    Care must be taken to properly seal the house's openings (windows, doors, etc.).

  •  Drinking - in sufficient quantity (8-10 glasses of water per day, unless there is an explicit medical restriction).

  • Avoid drinking a lot of caffeine and alcohol.

  •  Meals - eat relatively light meals often (5-6 a day) and avoid heavy meals.

    When hot food and drink help to keep the body warm.

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Source: israelhayom

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