Hurricane Update

Worst storm since 1994 hits Egypt, causing widespread flooding and sandstorms — at least 20 casualties. Videos.

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.

Death toll at 21 as Egypt storms, flooding enter 2nd day

Associated Press•March 13, 2020

CAIRO (AP) — Thunderstorms and flooding around Egypt entered a second day Friday, interrupting daily life in much of the country, including the capital Cairo, as the death toll rose to 21, authorities said.

Most of the victims were in rural areas and slums. At least six children died either from electrocution or when their houses collapsed on them.

Since the rains hit late Wednesday and early Thursday, social media has been inundated with images and video showing flooded roads and villages as well as water-filled apartments in some of Cairo’s richest neighborhoods.

Chaos always accompanies bad weather in Egypt, raising questions about the country’s poor infrastructure and dilapidated sewage and drainage systems. To minimize the impact of bad weather, the government closed down schools and suspended work in businesses and government offices after forecasters warned of heavy rains and flooding across much of the country through Saturday.

Late on Thursday, Cairo’s Water Authority announced it had suspended water service to the entire megacity because heavy rain had overwhelmed the vast sewage system. By Friday morning water had returned to some parts of the city.

The floods forced the country’s railway authorities to suspend train service nationwide. Power outages were also reported in several parts of the country, including parts of Cairo.

Worst storm since 1994 hits Egypt, causing widespread flooding and sandstormsat least 20 casualties. Videos.

Posted by Julie Celestial on March 13, 2020

A powerful cyclone began affecting Egypt on Thursday, March 12, 2020, causing widespread flooding and sandstorms in which at least 20 people lost their lives, authorities confirmed late Friday. Widespread damage has been reported, as well as water and power supply disruptions, road accidents and closures. Meteorologists noted that such an intense storm has not affected the country since 1994.

Widespread flooding was reported in parts of the governorates of Suez, New Valley, and the capital Cairo, where heavy rain overwhelmed the drainage system, authorities said. Floodwaters were seen ripping through portions of Helwan City along the Nile river, southern Cairo.

Port Said, on the eastern coast of Egypt, registered a whopping 263 mm (10.35 inches) in just 24 hours on March 12. 25 mm (1 inch) of rainfall was recorded in Ismailia city on the west bank of the Suez canal, while Mersa Matruh registered 20 mm (0.8 inches). Cairo recorded 42 mm (1.65 inches).

“Egypt has not witnessed such weather conditions in some 35 or 40 years,” Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said Friday.

Aside from heavy downpour and strong winds, the storm also blew Saharan dust across the nation, including along the Nile river.

At least five (5) buildings were destroyed and five (5) people lost their lives in weather-related incidents by early Friday. However, by the end of the day, the death toll rose to at least 20 (5+5+5+5).

A driver was killed in the southern province of Sohag when his car plunged into a canal due to strong winds; a 35-year-old person died after being hit by a collapsed wall, and a 60-year-old man was electrocuted in the Delta province. Also among the victims was a technician in New Valley province, who was electrocuted while attempting to repair a lighting post that had lost power during the downpour.

The severe weather is also being blamed for a collision between two trains near Ramses railway station or the Misr in northern Giza– Cairo’s main railway station. The crash left 13 people injured, but the Ministry of Health confirmed that none of the injuries were critical.

The Egyptian government declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, March 11, prior to the storm’s arrival, and announced a paid holiday for Thursday, March 13, allowing the public to remain indoors.

Schools, public offices, and train services were suspended until Saturday, March 14. Several key highways and public infrastructure, including international airports and seaports were also closed.

According to Mahmoud Shahin, director of the analysis department at the Egyptian Meteorological Authority, this level of instability in weather conditions with such strength has not happened since 1994.

Moreover, the country depends on a 105-year-old drainage network and has no comprehensive rainfall drainage system.

Over the next 24 hours, heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast over Greater Cairo, Lower Egypt, the north-west coast, and Sinai regions.

The storm is moving northeastward and is expected to strike Israel in the following days. Authorities warned that winds are forecast to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in mountainous areas in the country’s center and north areas, from the Judean hills to the Carmel range.

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