Powerful EF3 tornado kills 2, injures 29 in Oklahoma town recovering from flooding

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 EF3 tornado kills 2, injures 29 in Oklahoma town recovering from flooding

USA TODAY•May 27, 2019

A powerful EF3 tornado killed at least two people, destroyed a motel and devastated a mobile home park in the Oklahoma City suburb of El Reno overnight as severe weather continued to threaten the nation’s middle section Sunday.

Twenty-nine people were injured, some critically, and a search and rescue effort was underway in areas reduced to rubble, El Reno Mayor Matt White said Sunday. He said language barriers and other issues made the number of people unaccounted for unclear.

“It’s a pretty devastating sight,” White said. “It is very traumatic. We are all hands on deck.”

The National Weather Service rated the tornado as an EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, about 75 yards wide at its widest point and on the ground for 2.2 miles. An EF3 tornado can drive winds of up to 165 mph.

The Midwest has been hammered by scores of tornadoes and heavy storms in recent days, leaving at least nine dead and a trail of damage from high winds and flooding. And the weather pattern isn’t expected to change soon.

“The overall weather pattern that has been in place across the U.S. will continue early this week, which will bring more rounds of severe weather to the Plains,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said.

Saturday’s tornado was spawned by a powerful storm system rolling through the state. The tornado cranked up at about 10:28 pm and lasted only four minutes, the weather service said. White said tornado sirens were sounded at 10:27 p.m.

 The American Budget Value Inn was destroyed, and images at the scene showed emergency crews sifting through the rubble after part of the motel’s second story collapsed into a pile of debris.

Mobile homes in the Skyview Estates mobile home park adjacent to the motel were damaged, as was part of a nearby car dealership, White said.

The scene was “horrific,” he said. “Decimated.” 

Elton Garrison, 32, said his parents called him from Skyview after the storm and said they were trapped in their home with two of his children, 9 and 12. Garrison, who lives less than a mile away, arrived to see another trailer sitting on top of his parents’ home.

Garrison went to the home and was able to clear enough debris to free the family.

“My main emotion was fear. I couldn’t get them out of there quick enough.”

He said he had heard the sirens but thought little of it.

“We hear them all the time here, so it didn’t seem like a big deal,” Garrison said. “I heard a lot of rain with the wind. But when it kinda got calm all of a sudden, that’s when it didn’t feel right.”

The weather service’s Storm Prediction Center warned that a moderate risk for severe thunderstorms will continue Sunday evening across the central high plains. Conditions are expected to weaken overnight, but wind gusts may pose a threat as the storm moves toward the middle Missouri Valley. 

And more could be coming: Forecasters warned that conditions are ripe for more severe weather at least through month’s end.

Categories: Tornadoes

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