Extreme Flooding

Sydney suffers heaviest rainfall in years amid extreme weather across Australia

Blog 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).

… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)

… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)

… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)

Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several 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.

Sydney suffers heaviest rainfall in years amid extreme weather across Australia

By Ben Westcott, CNN

Updated 3:33 AM ET, Wed November 28, 2018

Heavy rainfall flooded roads and train stations across Sydney on Wednesday as Australia’s largest city suffered its heaviest November downpour in 34 years.

More than 100 mm (four inches) of rain fell in less than 24 hours across the city, leaving morning commuters trudging through inundated subways on their way into work. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on Wednesday for the city and surrounding areas, while some trains and ferry services were canceled.

Stunned Sydney residents posted photos and videos to social media, some of which showed cars driving through rising flood waters as high their car windshields.

“We have a low pressure system which is lingering over the coast and this has caused quite a lot of significant weather events over New South Wales generally,” meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology Rosemary Barr told CNN.

Barr said it was Sydney’s wettest November day since 1984. She added the rainfall was expected to clear up overnight.

The rising waters and pelting rain caused chaos on the city’s roads with dozens of accidents in just six hours, which left one person dead according to NSW Ambulance Services.

New South Wales wasn’t the only Australian state experiencing extreme weather on Tuesday. Further north in Queensland thousands of people were told to evacuate as large wildfires continued to spread across the state.

“Natural hazards are causing more damage and destruction across Australia, and internationally, than ever before,” Richard Thornton, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC chief executive, said in a statement.

Temperature records across the state were shattered in recent days, in some places by several degrees, while more than 30 schools have been closed amid the ongoing extreme weather.

In Cairns, on the Queensland coast, temperatures were so severe that hundreds of bats dropped dead in the heat, leaving wildlife workers to care for dozens of orphaned babies.

Volunteers line up dead bats killed by a severe heat wave in Northern Queensland in November 2018.

“Today we witnessed just how devastating heat can be … As we saved some more would drop from the tree. We have 100s of babies in care. Carers are stretched, broken and tired,” North Queensland Wildlife Care said on its social media.

Bureau of Meteorology’s Sarah Fitton told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the two extreme weather events were connected.

“The trough that’s moving through Queensland today and producing quite testing fire conditions is extending down into that low-pressure system that is through New South Wales, so there is a link between the systems,” she told local media.

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