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Power Failures Darken Israel

The lights went out all over Israel this afternoon as hard pressed power stations gave in to enormous pressures from the elements and from consumers suffering from a bitter cold wave. Another freezing storm hit many parts of the country and Jerusalem was whipped by gales and hall and snow forecast tonight for high ground areas. The electric company said its main power station at Tel Aviv had lost part of its power leading to a chain of other failures around the country. Telex and telephone lines were down in many areas and traffic lights were out in many cities causing traffic tie-ups and near chaos. Repair men were making strenuous efforts to return things to normal before more storms recurred.