Storm Rages in Lebanon for a Second Day Causing Severe Damage throughout the Country
For the second day, Lebanon is still at the mercy of the strong storm that has resulted in major damage throughout the country, destroying property and crops and turning roads into swamps.
The security forces and civil defense teams have remained on high alert to attend to any emergency.
The storm is set to continue for the next two days, with thunderstorms and rain, while some sunny spells are expected on Monday afternoon.
In Sidon, the storm led to severe property and crop damage, which led to the closure of the city’s port and the destruction of a large section of a supporting wall in the western part of the port.
Several cars parked at the adjacent sidewalk were dragged into the sea, while many fishing boats were also destroyed by the powerful waves, which also resulted in the closure of the highway west of the city.
Along the coast, high waves damaged agricultural plastic houses in the towns of Wadi al-Jamous, Bibnin and the neighboring areas.
In Tyre, the strong winds toppled billboards and uprooted trees alongside the roads, starting from al-Qassimieh and reaching all the way to Naqoura in the South.
The northern region of Akkar witnessed the first snowfall of the season with snow falling in areas at 2400 meters above sea level, cutting the roads at Qmouah, Qbeyyet, and Hermel.
The ISF and Civil Defense urged drivers on the Hermel-Qbeyyet road to place chains on the tires of their vehicles over fears of snow and formation of ice on the roads.
The high winds also damaged electrical cables, causing power cuts in several towns throughout the country as Electricite du Liban sought to fix the damage.