An excavator works to remove rubble that entirely blocked one side of the main highway linking Sidon with Tyre, on Thursday Jan. 9 2019 (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Lebanese officials Thursday announced a series of emergency measures aimed at preparing the country for a storm expected to hit over the weekend, even as the country grapples with the damage caused by storm Norma.Caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said during a news conference that as of Sunday night, security forces would prevent cars whose tires do not have snow chains from driving on high-altitude streets until the storm, expected to last three days, subsides. These would include the road from the coast to Faraya and the Dahr al-Baidar road connecting the coast to Bekaa.Machnouk's comments came after Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri chaired a meeting of ministers and other high-level officials held to follow up on the widespread damages Norma caused.Machnouk said efforts would be redoubled to clear the road and provide temporary alternative routes ahead of Norma.
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