Hurricane Update

Cyclone Fani makes landfall in Odisha. Videos. Cyclone death toll rises to 7. Fearful sights, perilous times, seas roaring, wind howling, men’s hearts failing with fear. Perilous times in India.

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.

Cyclone Fani makes landfall in Odisha. Videos. Cyclone death toll rises to 7. Fearful sights, perilous times, seas roaring, wind howling, men’s hearts failing with fear. Perilous times in India.

By Swati Gupta, Helen Regan, Brandon Miller, Meg Wagner and Jessie Yeung, CNN

Updated 1 hr 15 min ago2:53 p.m. ET, May 3, 2019

https://www.cnn.com/videos/weather/2019/05/03/fani-cyclone-india-wind-sot-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/around-the-world/

This is what it looked like in the middle of the storm

A video shared on Twitter shows shows Cyclone Fani battering the Indian village of Charichhak, in Odisha state. In the video, taken and tweeted by Chinmaya Ku. Muduli, trees sway and bend under the force of roaring wind as heavy rain poured down. The cyclone, which has been downgraded from an extremely severe cyclonic storm to a very severe cyclonic storm, is now moving north along India’s east coast. It’s expected to hit Bangladesh soon, and the country has been conducting mass evacuations all Friday.

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Cyclone death toll rises to 7

From CNN’s Sugam Pokharel

The death toll caused by Cyclone Fani – the strongest tropical cyclone to hit India in 20 years — has risen to 7, according to Odisha Police Director General Sanjeeb Panda.

Panda adds the deaths happened across four districts in eastern Odisha state and were caused mostly by fallen trees and collapsed walls.

Cyclone Fani made landfall Friday near the city of Puri, in Odisha state, as the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane, lashing the country’s east coast. The storm is expected to weaken as it moves north-northeast in the coming hours toward Kolkata, one of India’s most populous cities, and Bangladesh.

Bangladeshis and Rohingya refugees brace for Cyclone Fani

From CNN’s Swati Gupta, Helen Regan and Joshua Berlinger

As Cyclone Fani moves north-northeast along India’s east coast, Bangladesh is bracing itself for the storm, which has left two people dead in the Indian state of Odisha.

In Bangladesh, 400,000 people on the coast have been evacuated as of Friday afternoon, said Enamur Rahman, the State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief. Authorities aim to have 2.1 million evacuated by evening.

More than 4,000 cyclone shelters have been set up for evacuees, stocked with drinking water, dry food, and medicine. 56,000 officials have been deployed for evacuation and rescue operations.

Aid agencies are also concerned for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled ethnic violence in Myanmar and are living in refugee camps in Bangladesh near the coast.

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, tweeted on Wednesday that it had prepared 135 emergency response containers with sleeping mats, blankets, rope, and other resources. Key among the items are emergency tents which can be “rapidly deployed” if families’ makeshift shelters collapse during the storm.

Fani’s winds took down a construction crane and flipped a bus on its side

As Cyclone Fani pummels India’s eastern coast, video is showing the storm’s punishing winds.

One video showed winds flip over a bus before cutting to another shot of a crane dangling precariously from a tall building before finally plunging to the ground. The footage was shared on Twitter Friday afternoon by Janak Dave, bureau chief of News18 India, a CNN affiliate.

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