Extreme Flooding

Central US braces for rain, wind and hail as dozens of tornadoes reported. This is Peak Tornado Season

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.

Central US braces for rain, wind and hail as dozens of tornadoes reported

By Christina Maxouris, CNN Updated 7:49 AM ET, Sat May 18, 2019

If you’re in the central US, you can wave goodbye to warm weather — at least for now. A messy weekend of heavy rain, strong winds and large hail awaits some states in the region.

“We’d say welcome to summer but, that streak (of the past few days of sunshine) will end today,” the National Weather Service warned Kansas City.

“These storms will also produce periods of heavy rain that will once again saturate soils & set the stage for increased flood potential this coming Tue when the next round of heavy rain moves in,” the weather service predicted for Missouri.

That’s right, there’s another round.

There are “better chances” for damaging winds and golf-ball-sized hail Saturday afternoon and evening, the weather service said. In eastern Iowa, dense fog is possible as strong thunderstorms aim for the region.

The threat of severe storms will spread across a vast area Saturday, including Texas to southern Minnesota, CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam said. The greatest threats will be across central to northern Texas toward Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

In western Texas, a tornado watch is in effect until late Saturday morning.

“Impressive thunderstorm cells” forming over the area could be dangerous because many people are still sleeping and “any tornadoes that do potentially form will be hidden by darkness,” Van Dam said.

This is peak tornado season

The Plains have already been pounded by strong winds, and there have been 34 tornado reports since Friday morning across the central US, including Kansas, Nebraska and Texas.

The Storm Prediction Center warned of possible isolated tornado risks across central and eastern Nebraska and central and northern Kansas. Wind gusts of up to 70 mph were likely, it said.

This is peak tornado season, Van Dam said, “with an average of 268 tornadoes countrywide during the month of May.”

Flood threat is still high

Flood threats across the central plains will remain high through next week, Van Dam said, with rainfall totals ranging from 1 to 5 inches.

“The heavy rain will impact areas that have received significant amounts or rain within the past several weeks,” Van Dam said. “The grounds remains very saturated and may elevate the flood threat.”

Flash flooding and heavy rainfall are possible across central Texas, lasting through the early Saturday morning hours, the Weather Prediction Center said.

Mississippi River broke flood records

The Mississippi River has broken records for some of the longest-lasting floods in years. The river in Mississippi has been above flood stage for 133 days straight at Natchez, 90 days at Vicksburg and 89 days at Greenville, the weather service said.

In early May, the Mississippi broke its July 9, 1993 record, after heavy rainfall triggered flooding from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, CNN affiliate WQAD reported.

During that time, the flood gauge at Rock Island, Illinois, topped out at 22.63 feet. Earlier this month, its level reached 22.64 feet, WQAD said.

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