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Storm "Windy" hammered Lebanon Friday as heavy snow blocked vital roads across the country, isolating residents. The fierce weather caused widespread power outages, while plummeting temperatures and heating oil shortages forced citizens in some areas to evacuate their homes. The entire eastern basin of the Mediterranean remained at the mercy of the storm, and residents across Lebanon were stranded due to the harsh weather conditions and freezing temperatures. The Mount Lebanon town of Aley was completely snowed in as the weather intensified around noon. Some of the town's areas were covered by 40 centimeters of snow. Coastal areas such as Sibline, Barja and Wardanieh received their share of the rough winter weather as well, and roads across Chehim-Daraya were blocked with snow.The Shebaa-Hasbaya road was kept open for residents, but the Kfar Shuba-Shebaa and Hebbarieh-Shebaa roads were blocked by up to a meter of snow.In Batroun, snow reportedly fell as low as 250 meters, and above 700 meters the roads were completely blocked, forcing residents to stay in their homes."Windy" is the third storm to have hit Lebanon since the start of the new year, following closely on the heels of storm "Yohan," which brought heavy rains and strong winds, and caused significant damage to coastal areas.
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