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Tropical Cyclone Mona becomes category 2 storm near Fiji, damaging swells, storm surge and flooding expected

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a women experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period

… 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.

TC Mona becomes category 2 storm near Fiji, damaging swells, storm surge and flooding expected

Posted by TW on January 04, 2019. Watchers.news

Tropical Cyclone “Mona” strengthened into a category 2 storm at 10:00 local time on January 4, 2019. The system is heading toward Fiji, forcing authorities to issue numerous warning.

With rivers being at medium to high flows, soil already saturated and more rain predicted, the chances of flooding of low lying and flood prone areas is high. Sea flooding of low-lying coastal areas and damaging heavy swells are also anticipated. The Northern, and Eastern coastlines are at high risk of inundation by the combined effect of wind stress, heavy swells, storm surge and high tide.

All communities living in low coastal, flood-prone and low lying areas are reminded to remain alert and take all necessary precautions, similarly for those living in landslide-prone areas. Members of the public are advised to remain updated with the latest weather information and take alerts and warnings seriously.

According to Fiji Meteorological Service media release issued 13:00 LT, January 4, Tropical Cyclone “Mona” remains to the northwest of Fiji Group and has gradually picked up speed in the last 24 hours.

The cyclone is expected to move towards the south-southwest till this evening (LT), turn and move east-southeast towards the Fiji Group from tonight.

At 10:00 LT, January 4 (21:00 UTC, January 3), Mona’s center was located about 230 km (142 miles) north of Yasawa-i-Rara or about 300 km (186 miles) northwest of Labasa, and was moving south-southwest at about 15 km/h (9 mph).

On the forecast track, the center is expected to be located about 180 km (112 miles) north-northwest of Yasawai-Rara or about 290 km (180 miles) north-northwest of Nadi at 22:00 LT (09:00 UTC) today and about 130 km (80 miles) north of Yasawai-Rara or about 250 km (155 miles) north of Nadi at 10:00 LT, January 5 (21:00 UTC, January 4).

Given that the tropical cyclones have behaved erratically, when encountering land masses in the past, the possibility of TC Mona making a landfall over Vanua Levu on Monday morning remains a possibility at this stage and its movement will be closely monitored, Fiji meteorologists said.

The outer active rain bands from TC Mona have already started affecting the northern and eastern parts of the country.

As the system moves closer to Fiji, rain will become heavy and frequent.

Effects of strong winds are also expected from today and increasing to damaging gale force winds later tomorrow.

Depending on the closeness of the system to pass land areas, gale force winds can be expected especially over the Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands.

Damaging winds are likely to begin several hours before the cyclone centre passes overhead or nearby.

The effects of wind can cause damages to well-built framed homes which can blow away roofs, trees uprooted and branches being broken, severely damage weak structures, totally destroy shallow rooted crops, cause loose objects to fly, damage electricity lines and poles, damage water infrastructure, etc.

For Fiji Waters, mariners can expect northeast to southeast winds 37 – 55 km/h (23 – 34mph), gusting to 83 km/h (52 mph) and moderate southerly swells. Poor visibility in areas of rain and thunderstorms.

Winds may further increase to 65 and 75 km/h (40 – 46 mph) with high seas over Vanua Levu Waters and Yasawa Waters from later tomorrow.

Meanwhile, an active trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain lies slow moving just north of Vanua Levu and affects the northern part of the Group.

A Special Weather Bulletin for Tropical Cyclone Alert is current to allow communities to prepare for the worst case scenario should the system directly affect the Group.

 

The following alerts and warnings remain in force:

A “Gale Warning” is now in force for Yasawa and Mamanuca Group A “Tropical Cyclone Alert” remains in force for Yasawa Group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and is now in force for the rest of Fiji

A “Strong Wind Warning” remains in force for Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Yasawa Group and northern Viti Levu from Rakiraki to Tailevu North

A “Strong Wind Warning” remains in force for all Fiji Waters A “Heavy Rain Warning” remains in force for Yasawa Group and Mamanuca Group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, the eastern half of Viti Levu, Lau and Lomaiviti group

A “Heavy Rain Alert” is now in force for the rest of Fiji

A “Flood Warning” remains in force for all low lying areas, small streams and areas adjacent to major rivers of Vanua Levu.

With rivers being at medium to high flows, soil already saturated and more rain predicted, the chances of flooding of low lying and flood prone areas is high. Sea flooding of low-lying coastal areas and damaging heavy swells is also anticipated.

The Northern, and Eastern coastlines are at high risk of inundation by the combined effect of wind stress, heavy swells, storm surge, and high tide.

All communities living in low coastal, flood-prone and low lying areas are reminded to remain alert and take all necessary precautions, similarly for those living in landslide-prone areas.

Members of the public are advised to remain updated with the latest weather information and take alerts and warnings seriously.

Featured image: Tropical Cyclone “Mona” at 07:50 UTC on January 4, 2018. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, CIRA/RAMMB

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