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Hurricane Helene prompts yellow warnings for wind in UK ahead of possible windstorms next week

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, size and duration prior to giving birth. End of note.

Hurricane Helene prompts yellow warnings for wind in UK ahead of possible windstorms next week

By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist. September 15, 2018, 2:49:41 AM ED

An active storm track will set up across parts of the United Kingdom next week, bringing more frequent bouts of rain and strong winds and a former hurricane. Helene, which formed off the coast of Africa during the first week of September, strengthened to a hurricane on 9 September.

However, it has since weakened to a tropical storm after moving out of the warm waters of the tropics. Tropical storm warnings were issued for the Azores on Friday, ahead of impacts throughout the weekend. After passing the Azores, Helene is expected to weaken to a tropical depression. However, Helene will remain an impactful storm. As such, the UK Met Office on Friday issued yellow warnings for wind across much of the region from Monday afternoon until Tuesday.

Regions affected by the yellow warnings include South West England, Wales, North West England, Strathclyde, southwest Scotland, Lothian Borders and Northern Ireland.

“There is still some uncertainty with the exact track of Helene as it approaches the British Isles,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys. Roys said wind gusts of 50-75 mph could be possible for the United Kingdom, especially parts of Wales, Northern Ireland and western Scotland. The highest wind speeds will likely be on the southward facing coast and the highest elevations.

Currently, the areas highest at risk for heavy rainfall would be Northern Ireland and Scotland. The heaviest rainy spells could bring up to 55 mm (2 inches) of rainfall. Residents in these areas should be on alert for localized flash flooding.These conditions could cause travel disruptions throughout the British Isles. Flight delays could cascade and affect other places across Europe as well. Fluctuations in the jet stream will continue to influence the weather pattern allowing storms the time to strengthen before moving into Europe. “Confidence remains low for how many windstorms could impact the British Isles,” said Roys. A windstorm is defined as a low pressure system that is accompanied by severe weather, including flooding rain or gale-force winds, according to the UK Met Office.

The potential exists for several lows to pass across the North Atlantic Ocean in the next week to turn strong enough to be called a windstorm. However, it is highly unlikely that all of them will become windstorms. Any saturation or weakening of structures and trees caused by Helene could compound with these subsequent lows, leading to more damage than usual. The 2018-2019 windstorm name list was just released on Tuesday, informing the public that the first named windstorm would become Ali.

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