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Lebanon hit by fierce thunderstorm, heavy rain.

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BEIRUT, Nov 2 (KUNA) -- Lebanon was hit Monday with a fierce rainstorm

coupled with thunder and strong winds, causing many traffic accidents,

property and farmland damage, as well as the overflow of springs. The Civil Aviation's Meteorology Department said that a low pressure front

was currently above Turkey and that this was bringing cold winds and

thunderstorms over the Mediterranean Basin. The low pressure front will begin to draw away from Lebanon starting

tomorrow, it said, adding that maximum temperatures would be between -4 and 11

degrees Centigrade above Arz, and 12-20 degrees along the coast. Meanwhile, the Agriculture Research Department said that rainfall over

Bekaa over the past 24 hours was at eight millimeters. Heavy rain over the past two days has collected in pits and flooded roads

obstructing traffic and bringing water and mud into houses. In some areas,

electricity and internet services were cut off. The storm also caused a rise in underground water levels and the burst of

springs, where many homes that suffered water shortage over the summer now did

not need to buy water.

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Date:Nov 2, 2009
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