Heavy winds have been lashing Israel since early this Saturday morning, knocking down power lines and trees. A flash flood watch is in effect for the Judean Desert, the Negev Desert, the Arava, the Dead Sea and the southern Jordan River Valley.
The storm brings the first rains of the winter about two months late. Forecasters believe the next few days may bring amounts of rain equivalent to that missing since October. Others are saying this may be the fiercest storm in the last decade.
The resort city of Eilat, located at the southern most tip of Israel, is being hit by southern winds coming off the Red Sea. While most boats have been tied up in an inland harbor, severe waves are hitting the shores and flooding beaches that just yesterday served locals and tourist for fun and relaxation.
Driving out of Eilat, north on Road 90 in the Arava Desert, severe winds are kicking up sand and dust making driving conditions very difficult.
The peak is yet to come over the next few days. Temperatures are expected to fall tonight with perhaps some snowfall even in Jerusalem.