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Wild weather slams Israel

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January 7, 2013 | 10:06 am

The Dome of the Rock in the background as rain water forms a large puddle on the Mount of Olives during stormy weather in Jerusalem on Jan. 7. Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters

The Dome of the Rock in the background as rain water forms a large puddle on the Mount of Olives during stormy weather in Jerusalem on Jan. 7. Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters

Rain and high winds have caused damage and power outages throughout Israel.

Storms raged across the country and temperatures dropped to below normal on Monday. Flooding closed the Herzliya train station and the main Azrielli shopping mall in Modiin, while traffic lights went out in cities. The power outages have been caused mostly due to falling tree branches.

Hospitals are preparing to deal with hypothermia from the expected lower temperatures.

The wild weather is expected to continue throughout the week.

Snow falling on Mount Hermon caused the closure of its ski slopes and visitors center. More snow is expected for Jerusalem and possibly the West Bank beginning Wednesday.

The water level in the Sea of Galilee rose 2.5 inches from Sunday morning to Monday morning.

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The Mediterranean Sea on a stormy day at Nitzanim beach, Israel, on Jan. 7. Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters

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