Loulou, the expected storm, hit Lebanon on Tuesday night and is still ongoing. Thunderstorms and heavy winds with snow falling above 1200 meters, temperatures varying between 5 and 16 degrees, this is Loulou.
The Lebanese Civil Defense warned the citizens and urged them to adhere to the safety guidelines and take precautions.
Loulou The Wicked, as it’s being called on social media, got itself some fascinating photos from Lebanese photographers, but it has also caused a lot of damages, hitting badly Lebanon’s infrastructure, houses, and even the agriculture. Here are some scenes in images and videos:
In the south, waves reached more than 6 meters in height, closing the northern marine entrance and flooding the lane leading to the city. Rapid response units for disaster reduction in the region worked in cooperation with civil and municipal defense teams to open the sea route.
In the first 24 hours after the storm, traffic control reported 12 accidents, six deaths and 15 people injured. Cars stranded for hours in various areas were the heavy rain hit hard, affecting roads, like Baalbek, Danniyeh, Jal El Dib, Dbayeh and Hermel. Civil Defence teams intervened to save people stuck in some areas.
Unfortunately, the damages weren’t a few and were not restricted to structures and properties. Agricultural products such as bananas and citrus were also reportedly affected by the wind speed in various areas of Lebanon.