Hurricane Update

Tropical Storm Erick, approaching Hawaii, set to become a hurricane by late Monday

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 pains, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.

Tropical Storm Erick, approaching Hawaii, set to become a hurricane by late Monday

Vandana Ravikumar, USA TODAY•August 30, 2019

Tropical Storm Erick is expected to strengthen into the eastern Pacific Ocean’s latest hurricane as it approaches Hawaii this week. 

The weather system organized into a tropical depression more than 1,000 miles southwest of Baja California early Saturday morning before rapidly strengthening into a tropical storm. 

“Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts,” the National Hurricane Center said in a weather advisory. “Strengthening is forecast, and Erick is expected to become a hurricane by late Monday with continued strengthening through Tuesday.”

Although it’s too early to tell if Erick will be a direct threat to Hawaii, rough surf and increased rip currents will impact the Big Island, Accuweather said.

“Erick would still be almost a week out, so there’s a lot of uncertainty on the exact track,” said Alan Reppert, a senior meteorologist for Accuweather. “Any slight change in that track could really affect any rainfall we see in Hawaii.” 

The amount of rainfall Erick delivers will depend on where the storm moves in proximity to the islands, though it’s “almost impossible” to say which islands might be affected, according to Reppert. 

“At least for now, it looks like Erick is still likely to be off to the south of the Big Island,” Reppert said. “For now, we’re looking at that push off to the south. If that is in fact the case, we may seen much less rainfall from this than if it was farther north and moving over the island.” 

Another tropical depression that has formed behind Erick is also likely to become a hurricane in the next two to three days, according to another advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center.

That system, Tropical Storm Seven-E, was off the southern coast of Mexico on Sunday morning and moving at about 21 miles per hour west-northwest. 

“That’s even farther east than Erick is right now,” Reppert said. “That could be another thing to keep an eye on for Hawaii, and how that moves westward over the next week.”

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