The Daily Star
Heavy rains overnight led to major flooding in some areas of Lebanon, cutting off roads, leaving motorists stranded and causing at least on injury, local media reported Friday morning.
A video posted on local news site LBCI showed cars splashing through a river of tire-deep water on the seaside road in Zouk Mikael.
And in the Akkar village of Abboudieh, a man was injured when his car flipped over, having skidded on a wet road. Rescue teams had to use hydraulic machinery to remove the man from his damaged car, local media reported. He was later taken to Halba Public Hospital for treatment.
Traffic was also disrupted on the road between Tripoli and Minyeh, as a large pool of water had collected in the Arman tunnel.
In the Metn town of Khinshara-Juwa, videos posted on LCBI’s website showed hailstones pelting a car as it drove along an ice-covered road.
The Civil Defense announced via its Facebook page that it had dispatched bulldozers to clear roads of snow in northern Metn. Snow was also falling in Baalbeck and Akkar, according to the state-run National News Agency.
In its morning report, the Beirut airport’s Meteorology Department forecast heavy rains and thunderstorms, accompanied by snow at 1,300 meters.
Temperatures on the coast are expected to range between 8 and 20 degrees Celsius; between 5 and 13 degrees in the mountains; and between 6 and 15 degrees in Bekaa.
Saturday is also predicted to be a wet and windy day, with light snowfall expected at 1,400 meters and above. Temperatures on the coast are expected to range between 8 and 20 degrees; between 5 and 14 degrees in the mountains; and between 6 and 12 degrees in Bekaa.
A source from the department told The Daily Star Thursday that Lebanon has witnessed a more than two-fold increase in accumulated rainfall between 2018 and 2019. According to the source, accumulated rainfall in Beirut from September 2017 to April 18, 2018 was recorded as 452 millimeters, compared to 1,001 millimeters between September 2018 and April 18, 2019.