Ayalon Highway(Buzzfeed)

For a country that prides itself on preparedness, bad weather in Israel has brought its biggest city and some of its roads and public transportation to a halt. As it turns out, the desert may have bloomed, there is no drainage for the overrun.

Tel Aviv braced for further floods Tuesday afternoon, even as the city began to recover from a morning in which its main traffic artery and rail services ground to a halt due to fierce storms that hit much of Israel. The rains were so powerful on Tuesday morning that flooding caused the closure of Tel Aviv’s main artery – the Ayalon Highway, or Highway 20 – as well as the city’s train stations.

BuzzFeed has put together a collection of photos from Israel, some hilariously doctored, others real (see above) that capture the storm’s menace. It’s worth the 30 seconds of your time.

Most Viral Photos from Israel’s Mini-Hurricane
Tel Aviv Underwater [JPost]