Hurricane Update

Forecasters predict busy 2019 Central Pacific hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted Wednesday there will be five to eight named tropical cyclones in the region from June 1 through Nov. 30.

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.

Forecasters predict busy Central Pacific hurricane season

Associated Press•May 22, 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii and the Central Pacific could experience more storms than normal during this year’s hurricane season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted Wednesday there will be five to eight named tropical cyclones in the region from June 1 through Nov. 30.

Four to five storms each season is considered normal, Chris Brenchley, director of NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, said at a news conference.

El Nino conditions will boost water temperatures and contribute to storm activity, he said.

“This is one key factor predicting seasonal activity,” Brenchley said. “There is plenty of warm water out there.”

El Nino is expected to last through the end of Hawaii’s hurricane season.

NOAA also predicts wind shear — which often breaks apart hurricanes — will be weaker than normal.

There were six named tropical storms in the region in 2018. All became hurricanes. Category 5 Hurricane Lane threatened Oahu in August before veering away from the island and weakening.

“I don’t think I have to remind anyone about last hurricane season,” Hawaii Gov. David Ige said. “Hurricane Lane brought record-setting rainfall causing more than $7 million of damage on Hawaii Island. We saw heavy rains and flooding on Maui and wind damage and power outages across the state.”

Just two weeks later, Hurricane Olivia approached the state before weakening to a tropical storm and making landfall on Maui and Lanai.

“It’s time to take action to safeguard our homes against the potential impact of high winds” Ige said. “Make sure that your family is prepared.”

Many Hawaii residents do not have sufficient insurance to recover from a major hurricane, said Colby Stanton, regional director of readiness for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

She said most standard policies for homeowners, businesses and renters do not cover flood or hurricane damage. And most hurricane insurance only covers wind damage, not flooding, she said.

“Even just one inch of water in your home is enough to cause over $25,000 worth of damage,” Stanton said. “Under 10% of the residents of Hawaii have purchased flood insurance.”

She said people should consider buying flood insurance now because it can take as long as 30 days for policies to go into effect.

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