Heavy rain disrupts road, train access to Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Unusually heavy winter rains
forced the closure of main access routes to Tel Aviv on Tuesday,
causing gridlock in and around Israel's commercial capital,
authorities said.

Traffic backed up for hours as highways into Tel Aviv were
flooded, police said. Rail operator asked commuters to avoid
stations in the city and train schedules were disrupted.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told Army Radio that municipal
teams were on hand to rescue anyone stranded by the floods, the
likes of which last occurred in 2000.

"Inside the city today traffic is massive. I would advise
people who don't need to go out, not to leave home," Huldai

The storms were forecast to continue on Wednesday, with rare
snowfall expected in Jerusalem.

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Angus MacSwan)