SIDON/BEIRUT: Stormy weather across the country is predicted to continue Thursday, after heavy rains overnight caused a road to collapse in Chouf and a minor landslide on the Chekka-Batroun highway, the state-run National News Agency reported.
The landslide was largely contained by concrete blocks that were installed last week as part of ongoing repairs following a major landslide in January, which led to the closure of the southbound side of the highway.
The collapsed road in Chouf, the NNA said, already had cracks in it and had partially collapsed, before fully buckling under the rains Thursday. It connects the village of Mazraat al-Nahr to Ramlieh, Kfar Hay, Al-Harf and several other small towns in Chouf.
And up north in the Akkar town of Jouma, hailstorms forced schools to close Thursday, the NNA reported. The low temperature in the town, which is located at an elevation of 500 meters, was recorded at minus 4 degrees Celsius.
In the southern port city of Sidon, the storm grounded fishermen, who were nevertheless busy tending to their boats after they were inundated with rain water.
Sidon was also hit with sporadic hail storms and flooding. Thunderstorms overnight had caused power cuts in Abra, a town in the district.
Lebanon has been in the midst of a storm that since Tuesday has brought winds at about 90 kilometers per hour.
According to the Thursday morning weather report from the Meteorology Department at Beirut’s airport, heavy rains and winds exceeding 75 kph, especially in northern areas, are expected throughout the day. The department also warned of landslides.
The winds are expected to kick up waves as high as three meters, while snow should fall as low as 900 meters.
Beirut also saw its share of hail Thursday morning, and temperatures in the capital and other coastal cities are predicted to be as low as 10 degrees. Mountains should see a low of 2 degrees and eastern towns a low of 4 degrees, with highs of 7 and 9 degrees, respectively.
The Cedars should see a high of minus 2 degrees and a low of minus 3 degrees.
The storm is expected to subside Friday, with a slight difference in temperature and sporadic rains. The department warned of ice formation in mountain towns above 900 meters in the early morning hours.
Friday’s low temperature was predicted at 8 degrees in coastal cities with a high of 17 degrees. Mountains should see a low of minus 1 degree and a high of 8 degrees, while eastern towns can expect a low of zero degrees and a high of 10 degrees. Temperatures in the Cedars are expected to drop to minus 6 degrees with a high of 0 degrees.
Temperatures are expected to rise slightly Saturday, accompanied by cloudy weather, sporadic rain and snow above 1,400-1,600 meters. Coastal cities can expect to see a low of 10 degrees and a high of 17 degrees, and mountains a low of 1 degree and a high of 9 degrees. Eastern towns should see a low of 3 degrees and a high of 12 degrees, while the Cedars can expect a low of minus 3 degrees and a high of 2 degrees.