Two-and-a-half days after heavy winds and precipitation battered electricity lines and caused mass outages, some 1,300 households were still without power on Tuesday evening, the Israel Electric Corporation confirmed.
Intense storm conditions, including powerful rains, gusts and hail, knocked down trees and infrastructure on Sunday, leading to outages in more than 200,000 households at peak – most heavily impacting Sharon region communities Ra’anana, Kfar Saba, Herzliya and Netanya.
While that number fell to about 50,000 on Monday morning and then to 8,000 on Tuesday morning, 1,300 households still remained without electricity for at least 24 hours on Tuesday evening, the IEC said.
In a scathing letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and State Comptroller Joseph Shapira, acting Ramat Hasharon Mayor Shira Avin demanded immediate answers.
“The fact that at the end of two days from the moment of the power outage flow has still not resumed to homes in entire neighborhoods, this has the intensity of a strategic terrorist attack – that even our enemies do not succeed in implementing,” Avin wrote Monday night.