Morning rain brings flooding to Israel’s North

Eleven scuba divers are rescued off the Jaffa coast.

Firefighters are called to flooded retirement home in Haifa

A burst of late-morning rain brought minor flooding to a number of cities in the North on Friday as an unusually resilient summer was suddenly relegated to sweat-filled memories of months past.
A storm touches down on water off Atlit coast

A storm touches down on water off Atlit coast – Photo: Baz Ratner / Reuters

In Haifa, the rains flooded at least one retirement home and local media reported water filling a number of local streets, Army Radio reported. Firefighters dispatched to the retirement home helped evacuate the elderly residents.

One car became stuck on a flooded street in Haifa’s Mifratz industrial area, leading to serious traffic jams.

In Acre, at least one home was flooded.

The stormy morning’s wrath, however, was not limited to once-dry land. Over a kilometer off the coast of Jaffa, a boat carrying 11 people from a local scuba diving school capsized and sank.

Tel Aviv Police’s maritime unit quickly responded to their distress call and rescued all 11 passengers. All of the scuba divers returned to safely to shore.


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