Israelis Dig out After Winter’s Worst’s Storm Ties Up Country

Life in storm-battered Jerusalem slowly began returning to normal today as traffic, which had been paralyzed fast night, moved slowly over slippery snow-covered streets. Side streets ware full of stalled cars, but Rio major accidents were reported.

The unseasonal snow, which hit the Negev overnight, killed more than 200 sheep belonging to a Bedouin tribe. In many places in the Negev, the wind-tossed snow quickly melted and caused numerous small floods.

The Tel Aviv public works department dispatched snow-clearing equipment to the north, to dig out a number of Galilean settlements. The Port of Haifa radioed storm warnings to all ships at sea, suggesting that they put in at the nearest ports for shelter, as high seas endangered all water traffic. An Italian liner, the S.S. Anoteria, loaded with Jewish immigrants, had to take refuge at a port in Cyprus, according to a report received in Haifa.

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