Powerful storms, tornadoes hit southern US, killing at least 3 people

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.

Powerful storms, tornadoes hit southern US, killing at least 3 people

Posted by Teo Blašković on April 19, 2019.

A powerful storm swept through the southern United States on April 18, 2019, leaving more than 100 000 customers without power and killing at least 3 people.

Although damage surveys are still in progress, NWS said they believe multiple tornadoes hit southwest and central Mississippi. Storm damage was reported in 24 of the state’s 82 counties.

Strong winds also hit Louisiana, southern Oklahoma and central Alabama before the system moved into Georgia.

Three casualties were confirmed early April 19.

One man was killed south of Philadelphia, Mississippi after a car he was in was hit by a tree. Another person was killed in a fatal crash near the rural town of Gillsburg in southwest Mississippi. The third casualty is a woman killed after powerful winds knocked a tree onto her mobile home in St Clair County, Alabama.

Two minor injuries were reported near New Orleans, Louisiana after a power pole crashed onto two vehicles.

More than 100 000 customers were left without power April 18 and at least 96 000 are still without it as of 12:50 UTC, April 19: 31 157 in Mississippi, 25 699 in Georgia, 19 611 in Alabama, 12 579 in Florida and 9 978 in Texas.

The same system produced tornadoes and very large hail earlier in North Texas, the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas.

A rare phenomenon occurred on Wednesday, April 17 as twin tornadoes – two tornadoes appearing near each other at the same time – touched down 6.4 km (4 miles) WNW of Shattuck, Oklahoma, AccuWeather reports.

An anomalous upper level system lifting from the lower Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley/Mid-Atlantic this weekend will drive a cold front through the Eastern U.S., NWS forecaster Santorelli said April 19.

Widespread showers and storms are expected along and ahead of the front bringing the potential for heavy rainfall and strong to severe thunderstorms.

The greatest threat for severe weather (mainly damaging winds and isolated tornadoes) will be across parts of the Carolinas and Southern Mid-Atlantic where the Storm Prediction Center has a moderate risk posted for Friday.

A slight to enhanced risk exists across the rest of the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast. Meanwhile, WPC highlights parts of the Mid-Atlantic (Friday) and the Northeast (on Saturday) within a slight risk for excessive rainfall, and flash flood watches are in effect across these regions as well.

While the cold front should clear the East Coast by the weekend, heavy rainfall may continue through Saturday across New England along the attendant warm front.

Ahead of the approaching cold front on Friday, temperatures will be near to above average, with widespread record high minimum (overnight) temperatures expected this morning for much of the Eastern states, and again Saturday morning across the Northeast.

Behind the front, daytime highs across the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys could be 10 to 20 °F (5 – 12 °C) below average into the weekend. 

Featured image: Convective outlook ending 14:00 EDT, April 20, 2019. Credit: NWS

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