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    Fallout from Deadly Storm in Egypt, Turkey

    By Story by Jim Andrews, AccuWeather.com Senior Forecaster
    December 15, 2010, 6:57:47 AM EST

    Losses are still being assessed off the eastern Mediterranean Sea in the aftermath of a severe weekend storm that struck from Egypt to Turkey and beyond.

    The storm unleashed damaging winds, widespread blowing dust, torrential rain and even heavy snow.

    In Egypt, which was hit by blinding dust storms and torrential rain, the death toll was at least 31 people as of Tuesday.

    A cloudburst flattened a six-story textile in sea-side Alexandria, killing at least 10 workers. Others were still missing. A house collapse reportedly killed a child in Tanta, in the Nile Delta.

    Clouds of thick dust coated Cairo and contributed to a rash of road accidents.

    Wind, rain and low visibility lead to the shutting of ports such as Alexandria. These opened Monday.

    Operation of the Suez Canal was restricted during the height of the storm.

    Off the Mediterranean coast, monstrous waves tossed a disabled Italian cargo ship.

    Powerful southwesterly winds also spread choking dust storms over southern Israel and the Palestinian Territories to Jordan and southern Syria. Electrical service was cut in some areas.


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    Storm aftermath on the coast at Beirut, Lebanon, on Dec. 12, 2010 (AP photo)


    Towering waves threatened to destroy the Roman ruins of Caesaria at Ashdod, Israel, after washing out a protective breakwater. Offshore, a Moldovan cargo ship reportedly sank, its 11 sailors being rescued. High waves also battered the shore in Lebanon.

    Meanwhile, torrential rain and heavy mountain snow brought to an abrupt end a serious drought in Lebanon, Syria, northern Israel, Cyprus and southern Turkey. Within two to three days, rainfall reached 4 to 8 inches in Lebanon, for instance.

    Heavy snow capped the mountains of Lebanon, with its ski resorts, along with heights of neighboring Syria. Even Damascus got substantial snowfall.

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