Heavy Winds Have Been Lashing Israel Since Early This Saturday Morning , Knockin ...
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Description: 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 , 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 .