Extreme Wildfires Update

Sydney air quality: Smoke CHOKES Australia city population of 5 million as more than 50 treated for breathing issues. 50 fires and over 500 homes destroyed. “Worst is yet to come.” Locals have described an ominous hazy sky and a smell of smoke inside their homes. Sydney’s air quality index north-west is currently on 500. Four people, most aged 50 and over, have died as a result of the fires

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.

Sydney air quality: Smoke CHOKES Australia city population of 5 million as more than 50 treated for breathing issues. 50 fires and over 500 homes destroyed. “Worst is yet to come.” Locals have described an ominous hazy sky and a smell of smoke inside their homes. Sydney’s air quality index north-west is currently on 500. Four people, most aged 50 and over, have died as a result of the fires

SYDNEY and parts of Australia’s east coast are struggling as wildfires tear across several states amid high temperatures and persistent drought.

By LIAM DOYLE PUBLISHED: 16:06, Tue, Nov 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 17:12, Tue, Nov 19, 2019. Express.co.uk

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1206488/Sydney-air-quality-warning-haze-smoke-today-brisbane-melbourne-Australia

Australia is battling a rash of wildfires which have ignited throughout the country over the last two weeks. Firefighters estimate a total of almost 50 fires are burning through New South Wales (NSW), home to Australia’s most populous city. Blazes have destroyed 577 homes, and officials estimate the worst is to come. Wildfires are yet to creep inside Australia’s capital city but now some people are struggling to breathe as choking fumes leak into Australia’s most densely populated regions.

Smoke is shrouding Sydney, causing issues for some of its five million residents.

Locals have described an ominous hazy sky and a smell of smoke inside their homes.

Other residents are reporting trouble breathing, raising the alarm amongst Australian health officials.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, paramedics have treated more than 50 people for asthma and breathing-related problems since Tuesday morning alone.

Official figures reveal Sydney’s air quality is breaching “hazardous” levels.

In Australia, an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 200 or more is deemed hazardous, and Sydney’s north-west is currently on 500.

In Rouse Hill and Prospect, suburbs to Sydney’s west, air quality measured at 2000 AQI.

High AQI values indicate the air is teeming with particles which can penetrate the lungs and cause severe problems for those suffering from chronic breathing conditions.

Although the smoke has made problems with air quality frighteningly visible, officials have noted poor air quality remains even where the haze subsides.

Jordan Emery, NSW Ambulance Superintendent, said people should exercise caution regardless of visibility differences.

He said: “Even though it looks and feels like the smoke is clearing, there will still be fine particles in the air that can last for several days, so make sure you continue to monitor your symptoms”.

People who note a change in their breathing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing should notify a medical professional.

The Air Quality Index advises people with preexisting conditions living in hazardous areas should avoid all outdoor physical activity.

For everyone else, the index advises people to cut back on outdoor activity.

Four people, most aged 50 and over, have died as a result of the fires since they flared up after November 8 this year.

Two more people, couple Bob Lindsey and Gwen Hyde, aged 77 and 68, were killed when bushfires hit the region in October.

According to Dr Richard Broome, director of environmental health for NSW Health, elderly and chronically sick people are most at risk of severe complications from smoke and hot weather in Australia.

He said: “We know that heatwaves cause severe illness, hospital admission and even deaths, and that people are more sensitive to heatwaves early in the season. The combination of heat and poor air quality adds to the risk.

“Hot weather puts a lot of strain on the body, causes dehydration and can make underlying health conditions worse. It also causes heat stress and heatstroke.

“People over 75, people with chronic medical conditions and people who live alone are particularly vulnerable.”

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