Hail pounds Israel, several people injured

Israel's first winter storm entered with a thunderclap on Sunday morning, with unusual weather along Israel's coastal region endangering lives. 

A 20-year-old man is critically injured after a wall collapsed on a construction site in Pardes Hana. He was transferred to Hillel Yafeh hospital in Hadera, where he was confirmed dead.

"We found an unconscious young man under a pile of cinder blocks, without a pulse and not breathing," Yehuda Haim, an MDA paramedic at the scene, stated to Channel 2. 

Dozens injured

A 20 year-old woman was injured late Sunday morning in Hadera after a tree fell on a public bus. She was transported to Hillel Yafeh hospital in serious condition. 

In the Samaria community of Har Bracha, a 17 year-old suffered from head trauma after a tent collapsed due to high winds. MDA medics treated him at the scene and transported him to Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva. A 20 year-old woman at the site also suffered light injuries, but was treated at the scene. 

Several crane accidents at building sites in the Central Israel and Sharon areas have left injuries. Several people were injured in Netanya late Sunday morning, after a crane fell due to strong winds; the exact number is still not yet known. A similar incident near Tel Aviv's Azrieli towers left no injuries. 

In Netanya, a power line went up in flames next to a kindergarten; no injuries are reported. 

A large tree fell in the yard of a kindergarten in Petach Tikva; no injuries are reported. 

In Herzliya, flash-floods stranded several cars in the city streets. 

Hail was reported in Israel's northern areas as of late Sunday morning. 

Infrastrucure damaged

Power outages have been reported nationwide, the Israel Electric Company (IEC) reports, and the IEC estimates significant damage to Israel's power infrastructure. IEC workers have been dispatched to affected areas, including Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv, and Holon.

The Sde Dov airport in Tel Aviv, which largely handles domestic and commercial flights, has been closed until further notice.

As of 10:30 am Sunday, Israel's Ben-Gurion airport has announced that it does not plan to cancel incoming or outgoing flights despite the inclement weather. Travelers, however, are encourage to keep abreast of developments and be in contact with their airlines.

The storm marks a sudden reversal in Israel's weather, which has stubbornly clung to 26C (80F) average temperatures since midsummer.

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Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202393

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