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Historic flooding hits Kentucky, leaving at least 25 (5×5) people dead, U.S.

Romans 10:14 “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”

Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

Luke 10:2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

… 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).

… 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)

Matthew 24:21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

Historic flooding hits Kentucky, leaving at least 25 (5×5) people dead, U.S.

Friday, July 29, 2022 Watchers.news

Heavy rains caused widespread flooding and destruction in eastern Kentucky on Thursday, July 28, 2022, leaving at least 25 people dead and many unaccounted for. Kentucky Governor, Andy Beshear, declared a state of emergency, calling this one of the most significant, deadly floods in the commonwealth’s history.

  • The death toll rose to 25 on July 30, up from 16 on July 29. Unfortunately, officials fear the death toll will keep growing, possibly for weeks as rescue efforts continue across hard-to-reach areas.
  • Local emergency was declared in the city of Hazard, and in the counties of Floyd, Breathitt, Clay, Owsley, Letcher, Perry and Pike.
  • This is the second historic flooding to hit Kentucky’s Appalachian region in just 6 months.

Flash flooding and mudslides were reported across the mountainous region of eastern Kentucky, where up to 203 mm (8 inches) of rain fell in 24 hours to 08:00 LT – nearly half of it in a matter of hours. Flash flooding was also reported in western Virginia and southern West Virginia.

“We’re currently experiencing one of the worst, most devastating flooding events in Kentucky’s history,” Beshear said Thursday.

“The situation is dynamic and ongoing. In most places, we are not seeing receding water. In fact, in most places, it is not crested yet.”

“There are a lot of people in eastern Kentucky on top of roofs waiting to be rescued,” the governor added. “There are a number of people that are unaccounted for and I’m nearly certain this is a situation where we are going to lose some of them.”

“Hundreds will lose their homes, and this is going to be yet another event where it’s going to take not months, but likely years, for many families to rebuild and recover,” Beshear said.

Heavy overnight rains overwhelmed creeks, streams and ground already saturated from previous rain, the National Weather Service said, adding that additional rainfall amounts of more than 25 mm (1 inch) are expected through Friday evening. Flood warnings in portions of eastern Kentucky have been extended, in some cases until Monday evening.1

“We’re watching pretty close and it’s not going to take too much to cause some additional flooding issues,” said NWS forecaster Dustin Jordan.

With rain continuing to come down, conditions are horrendous to help rescue those who need help, Perry County Sheriff Joe Engle said.

“We are having a very difficult time getting to people. Roads are blocked by trees, washed away completely or covered with water. It is now physically impossible to get to some people.”2

The National Weather Service said flooding on the North Fork of the Kentucky River at Whitesburg surged to a new record early Thursday, rising about 3.6 m (12 feet) in 12 hours from 21:00 on July 27 to 09:00 LT on July 28.

The river hit a high of 5.1 m (16.8 feet) early Thursday, breaking the previous record of 4.5 m (14.7 feet).

Additional rounds of excessive rainfall across parts of the Ohio/Tennessee Valleys are expected to trigger areas of flash flooding today, NWS forecaster Kebede said, adding that daily rounds of heavy downpours could cause flash flooding from Arizona to the Mid-South region over the next few days.

Embedded shortwave energy moving from the Central Plains into the Ohio Valley will be the driving force behind Flash flooding threats this weekend.3

A surface front extending from the Central Plains to the Northeast will be the focus for heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding today, with the heaviest rainfall likely to occur over the panhandles of Texas/Oklahoma, where a couple of inches of rain may lead to flash flooding.

A moderate risk (level 3/4) is in effect for portions of that area, as well as parts of West Virginia into eastern Kentucky.

A multi-day precipitation event over the Ohio Valley is responsible for the moderate risk over West Virginia/Kentucky.

Update, July 30

The death toll was at 16 late Friday, July 29. Unfortunately, by early Saturday morning, it rose to 25.4

Nearly 300 people have been rescued, of them about 100 by aircraft.

Officials fear the death toll might keep growing, possibly for weeks as rescue efforts continue across hard-to-reach areas.

There’s still a lot of people unaccounted for, Beshear said. “We are going to do our best to find them all.”

References:

1 At least 8 dead in eastern Kentucky flooding, and ‘hundreds will lose their homes,’ governor says – CNN – July 29, 2022

2 Flooding devastates parts of Eastern Kentucky, leaving death and destruction in its wake – Lexington Herald Leader – July 29, 2022

3 Short Range Forecast Discussion – NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD – 428 AM EDT Fri Jul 29 2022

4 Search for Victims Continues in Kentucky After Floods Kill at Least 25 – NY Times – July 30, 2022

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“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” —Romans 10:14

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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