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Feb 11, 2015

10:07:02 GMT--Extreme Weather - Middle-East - Lebanon

EDIS Number: ST-20150211-46955-LBN

Date / time: 11/02/2015 10:05:30 [UTC]

Event: Extreme Weather

Area: Middle-East

Country: Lebanon

State/County: Multiple areas

Location: [Between Jounieh and Beirut]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


In a follow up to last month's storm "Zina", which paralyzed Lebanon with thick layers of snow, storm "Yohan" intensified Tuesday night, battering the country's roads and services. The Internal Security Forces' Traffic Management Center announced Wednesday morning that road from Jounieh to Beirut was experiencing heavy traffic jams after crashing waves damaged portions of the highway. In Beirut, strong winds paralyzed many of the capital's streets. Pictures of Al-Manara coastal road in Ras Beirut showed severe damage caused by waves to the Corniche's handrails and cobbled sidewalk. The capital's residents also experienced frequent cuts in electricity and internet services. Media reports said the seaport of the southern city of Sidon stopped operating due to the stormy weather. In areas higher than 900 meters above sea level, snow fell overnight and blocked many major roads in east and north Lebanon. TMC announced that the road linking Zahle to Tarshishl, Ainata to Cedars, Laqlouq to Aqoura and Kfardebian to Hadath Baalbek were all shut by the snow. However, the major road of Dahr al-Baidar, also known as the Damascus Highway, remained open for 4WD vehicles with metal chains. "Yohan" also caused an increase in car accidents, as motorists found difficulties to drive amid the wind, rain and snow. ISF announced that three were injured in a car accident on Maarouf Saad Boulevard in the southern city of Sidon and another in a crash on the eastern side of the Dora highway. Media reports said the telecommunication network in Hasbayya stopped operating due to the storm. The reports added that the weather also cause severe damage to olive trees and other vegetation. The Meteorological Department at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport announced that temperature would continue to drop Wednesday, with wind speed increasing to 100 km/hour.

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