Lebanon: Storms hit Lebanon and the region

Published December 12th, 2010 - 08:33 GMT

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Beirut: Lebanon was hit by a heavy winter storm on Saturday, disrupting flights at its international airport and destroying small training planes, an airport official said.

The winds, which reached 100 km/h, destroyed the four planes parked at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport. The wind overturned some of the aircraft and rammed others into a nearby electricity pole, but no one was hurt.

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Lebanese women perform a dance in a street as rain approaches the mediterranean country after several months of drought.
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Image 1 of 11:  1 / 11Lebanese women perform a dance in a street as rain approaches the mediterranean country after several months of drought.

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Lebanon, Beirut : Thunder strikes off the shores of Beirut as rain approaches after several months of drought.
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Image 2 of 11:  2 / 11Lebanon, Beirut : Thunder strikes off the shores of Beirut as rain approaches after several months of drought.

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A general view shows the Lebanese ancient northern port of Byblos as heavy winds and rain whipped across Lebanon.
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Image 3 of 11:  3 / 11A general view shows the Lebanese ancient northern port of Byblos as heavy winds and rain whipped across Lebanon.

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 High waves flood a fish restaurant on the Mediterranean coast of the northern Lebanese port of Byblos.
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Image 4 of 11:  4 / 11 High waves flood a fish restaurant on the Mediterranean coast of the northern Lebanese port of Byblos.

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 A Lebanese man fishes during a storm on the Mediterranean coast off the northern Lebanese port of Byblos.
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Image 5 of 11:  5 / 11 A Lebanese man fishes during a storm on the Mediterranean coast off the northern Lebanese port of Byblos.

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A fishing boat floats in wavy waters in the Lebanese ancient Mediterranean port of Byblos as heavy winds and rain whipped across Lebanon, grounding flights, knocking down billboards and causing nationwide traffic jams in the first winter storm to hit the country after months of drought.
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Image 6 of 11:  6 / 11A fishing boat floats in wavy waters in the Lebanese ancient Mediterranean port of Byblos as heavy winds and rain whipped across Lebanon, grounding flights, knocking down billboards and causing nationwide traffic jams in the first winter storm to hit the country after months of drought.

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Lebanese fishermen check their boats in the ancient northern port of Byblos.
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Image 7 of 11:  7 / 11Lebanese fishermen check their boats in the ancient northern port of Byblos.

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High waves hit Beirut promenades
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Image 8 of 11:  8 / 11High waves hit Beirut promenades

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 A car is damaged by a satellite dish which fell off the roof of a building in Beirut.
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Image 9 of 11:  9 / 11 A car is damaged by a satellite dish which fell off the roof of a building in Beirut.

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A damaged pilot training plane is pictured at the tarmac of Beirut international airport, as heavy winds topped 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour.
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Image 10 of 11:  10 / 11A damaged pilot training plane is pictured at the tarmac of Beirut international airport, as heavy winds topped 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour.

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A municipality worker clears the mud as high waves rip off paving stones on Beirut's Mediterranean promenade.
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Image 11 of 11:  11 / 11A municipality worker clears the mud as high waves rip off paving stones on Beirut's Mediterranean promenade.

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Lebanese women perform a dance in a street as rain approaches the mediterranean country after several months of drought.

Image 1 of 11Lebanese women perform a dance in a street as rain approaches the mediterranean country after several months of drought.

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Lebanon, Beirut : Thunder strikes off the shores of Beirut as rain approaches after several months of drought.

Image 2 of 11Lebanon, Beirut : Thunder strikes off the shores of Beirut as rain approaches after several months of drought.

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A general view shows the Lebanese ancient northern port of Byblos as heavy winds and rain whipped across Lebanon.

Image 3 of 11A general view shows the Lebanese ancient northern port of Byblos as heavy winds and rain whipped across Lebanon.

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 High waves flood a fish restaurant on the Mediterranean coast of the northern Lebanese port of Byblos.

Image 4 of 11 High waves flood a fish restaurant on the Mediterranean coast of the northern Lebanese port of Byblos.

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 A Lebanese man fishes during a storm on the Mediterranean coast off the northern Lebanese port of Byblos.

Image 5 of 11 A Lebanese man fishes during a storm on the Mediterranean coast off the northern Lebanese port of Byblos.

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A fishing boat floats in wavy waters in the Lebanese ancient Mediterranean port of Byblos as heavy winds and rain whipped across Lebanon, grounding flights, knocking down billboards and causing nationwide traffic jams in the first winter storm to hit the country after months of drought.

Image 6 of 11A fishing boat floats in wavy waters in the Lebanese ancient Mediterranean port of Byblos as heavy winds and rain whipped across Lebanon, grounding flights, knocking down billboards and causing nationwide traffic jams in the first winter storm to hit the country after months of drought.

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Lebanese fishermen check their boats in the ancient northern port of Byblos.

Image 7 of 11Lebanese fishermen check their boats in the ancient northern port of Byblos.

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High waves hit Beirut promenades

Image 8 of 11High waves hit Beirut promenades

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 A car is damaged by a satellite dish which fell off the roof of a building in Beirut.

Image 9 of 11 A car is damaged by a satellite dish which fell off the roof of a building in Beirut.

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A damaged pilot training plane is pictured at the tarmac of Beirut international airport, as heavy winds topped 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour.

Image 10 of 11A damaged pilot training plane is pictured at the tarmac of Beirut international airport, as heavy winds topped 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour.

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A municipality worker clears the mud as high waves rip off paving stones on Beirut's Mediterranean promenade.

Image 11 of 11A municipality worker clears the mud as high waves rip off paving stones on Beirut's Mediterranean promenade.

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