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Storm "Windy" has brought high winds, thunderstorms and heavy snow, flooding rivers and fields and blocking mountain roads.Six Syrian refugees, including two newborns, have reportedly been killed by the cold this winter.Education Minister Elias Bou Saab announced Thursday that schools would be closed Friday and Saturday due to the storm. The Red Cross said it was on high alert Thursday, with 100 ambulances and 400 rescue workers on standby, while Public Works Minister Ghazi Zeaiter called on snow plowing centers and municipal workers to remain on alert, as conditions were expected to deteriorate overnight.The district of Akkar saw up to 15 centimeters of snow in some areas, with fog reducing visibility, and snow making mountain roads impassable.Among the areas that received the heaviest snowfall was the Koura district village of Kousba, which saw more than 50 centimeters. The southern coast was battered by cold winds, heavy rains and hail, as snow fell at 600 meters.
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