Bog note: And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11). Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. This verse from Luke is one of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains that occur in greater severity, frequency and occurrence prior to giving birth. End of note.
Hurricane Lane: Scientists Fly Into What Could Be Biggest Storm Ever to Hit Hawaii’s Big Island
Aug 22, 2018 7:20 PM. Reuters.
U.S. forecasters warned the storm could be the most powerful to hit the Big Island in recorded history.
A powerful hurricane packing heavy rains and potentially devastating winds was headed toward Hawaii on Wednesday, and U.S. forecasters warned the storm could be the most powerful to hit the Big Island in recorded history. Hurricane Lane bears 160-mile per hour (258 kph) winds and threatens to drop as much as 20 inches (50 cm) of rain over parts of the islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It posed a new threat to the island chain of 1.4 million people, which is already coping with the three-month eruption of Kilauea volcano on the Big Island.
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) meteorologist Lisa Bucci filmed the eye of Hurricane Lane on Tuesday (August 21) during a mission to ‘intercept’ the storm, local media reported. Bucci posted a word of caution accompanying the video on her Twitter post. “It’s a strong and dangerous storm- make sure to listen to your community’s emergency managers and stay prepared and safe,” wrote Bucci. Lane was rated a Category 5 storm, the most powerful on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength. The most powerful storm on record hitting Hawaii was the Category 4 Hurricane Iniki, which made landfall on Kauai island on Sept. 11, 1992, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It killed six people and damaged or destroyed more than 14,000 homes.
On Tuesday, Hawaii residents scrambled to prepare for the storm’s arrival. Cars waited in long lines outside gasoline stations in Honolulu and members of canoe clubs pulled their boats from the water. Hurricane Lane was about 335 miles (540 km) south-southeast of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour (257 km/h) at 2 a.m. Hawaii time (1200 GMT), the NHC said. It was expected to begin a turn toward the northwest of the island later on Wednesday, followed by a turn to the north-northwest on Thursday.
“The center of Lane will track dangerously close to the islands Thursday through Saturday,” the NHC said in a Wednesday advisory. “Regardless of the exact track of the center, life threatening impacts are likely in some areas as the hurricane makes it’s closest approach.” The islands of Maui, Lanai and Moloka’i were all under hurricane and flash flood watches on Wednesday. Hurricane warnings were in effect for Big Island Interior, Big Island North and East, Big Island Summits, Kohala, Kona and South Big Island.