Hurricane Update

Tropical Cyclone “Idai” makes landfall near Beira, widespread damage, power and communication loss, Mozambique. Idai became the deadliest weather disaster of the year anywhere in the world prior to landfall, with at least 122 people killed (66 in Mozambique and 56 in Malawi), thousands of homes destroyed and nearly 1 million affected.

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 woman 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.

Tropical Cyclone “Idai” makes landfall near Beira, widespread damage, power and communication loss, Mozambique

Posted by Teo Blašković on March 15, 2019. Watchers.news

Tropical Cyclone “Idai” made landfall at 23:30 UTC on March 14, 2019, close to the city of Beira (population 534 000), Mozambique as Intense Tropical Cyclone with wind speeds up to 170 km/h (104 mph) and central pressure of 960 hPa. The cyclone dropped heavy rain on the region, killed at least one person and injured five (preliminary reports). Idai became the deadliest weather disaster of the year anywhere in the world prior to landfall, with at least 122 people killed (66 in Mozambique and 56 in Malawi), thousands of homes destroyed and nearly 1 million affected.

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 At 00:00 UTC on March 15, Idai’s eye was almost totally over land, with Beira located in it, a dozen kilometers from the center, RSMC La Reunion said. The eyewall was expected to reach the city within several minutes.

First reports mention 500 000 residents of Beira, Mozambique’s fourth largest city, without electricity, severed communications and significant damage to the city, with makeshift roofs blown away and trees uprooted.

Mozambique’s National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) said houses were destroyed and pylons downed in the city, adding that the coastal town of Chinde (400 km / 250 miles) NE of Beira was also badly hit.

In addition, nearby villages have been cut off from the mainland by 2 m (6.5 feet) tidal surge.

While INGC is yet to give an update on the situation, preliminary reports mention at least one person killed (a 3-year-old child) and at least 5 people seriously injured.

The INGC-led convoy is expected to arrive in Beira at around 20:00 local time (18:00 UTC). As the weather is getting better, the team will fly out drones for the initial assessment.

At 12:00 UTC on March 15, Idai was an overland depression with maximum wind speed of 65 km/h (40 mph) and central pressure of 994 hPa.

“Over the past 6 hours, Ex-Idai has continued to move inland while rapidly weakening,” RSMC La Reunion said. “It should keep its WNW track and reach the border with Zimbabwe by the end of the afternoon. Even if the winds will decay significantly, the remains of the circulation are forecast to persist for several days, bringing heavy rains on Zimbabwe and the border area with Mozambique up to early next week.”

This was the last warning issued by the RSMC related to this system.

Note: This report will be updated when more information becomes available.

Featured image: Damage in the city of Beira, Mozambique after Tropical Cyclone “Idai” landfall. Credit: Anouk Delafortrie

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