Storm Carmel: Man in critical condition after being hit by tree

Winds, slippery condition cause havoc on roads • Adverse weather to continue today

 A tree was knocked down on a man due to Carmel storm winds. (photo credit: UNITED HATZALAH‏)
A tree was knocked down on a man due to Carmel storm winds.
(photo credit: UNITED HATZALAH‏)

The Carmel storm lashed out throughout the country on Monday, with one injured man in critical condition and damage to cars and property. Rain and winds are expected to continue on Tuesday.

A man was in critical condition in Netanya after he was hit by a tree that fell due to the strong winds of the Carmel storm.

United Hatzalah volunteers performed CPR on the man before transporting him to a hospital.

“When I arrived at the scene, I found a man in critical condition lying under a tree,” said a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) who was the first responder on the scene. “Together with city workers and another United Hatzalah volunteer who arrived, we picked up the tree and began CPR on the critically injured man.”

“The man suffered a serious head injury from being hit by the tree,” said the other volunteer EMT. “During CPR, his breathing and pulse returned, and he was transported to the hospital by a mobile intensive-care ambulance.

 A tree was knocked down on a man due to Carmel storm winds. (credit: UNITED HATZALAH‏) A tree was knocked down on a man due to Carmel storm winds. (credit: UNITED HATZALAH‏)

In Jerusalem, a 75-year-old man fell on Yad Harutzim Street, apparently due to the strong winds. A Magen David Adom team provided him with medical treatment and evacuated him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in satisfactory condition.

A light pole fell on a truck on Hebron Road in Jerusalem in the afternoon. MDA medics and paramedics provided medical care to both passengers and evacuated them to Hadassah-University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, when they were in good condition.

A 68-year-old woman was slightly injured in Safed after her car slipped on the road and collided with a pillar on Neveh Menachem Begin Street. She was taken to Ziv Medical Center in Safed.

In Tel Aviv’s Ramat Aviv neighborhood, a sinkhole opened in the middle of a road and a car fell into it. The occupants of the car were unharmed.

Rain is forecast for Wednesday, mainly in the North and on the coastal plain, accompanied by occasional thunderstorms, mainly on the coast. It will keep snowing on Mount Hermon, and temperatures will continue to be lower than normal for this time of year.

On Thursday, local rains are expected, especially in the North and on the coastal plain, and it will continue to be colder than normal. On Friday, there will still be light local rains, and temperatures will continue to be lower than normal.

The Israel Nature and Parks Authority on Monday morning warned people to be careful about the risks that come with strong winds, such as falling trees.

The Mediterranean Coastal Cliffs Preservation Government Company warned that extreme weather could cause cliffs to collapse and that large rocks could fall.