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Category 4 storm, Hurricane Harvey, slammed into the coast of Texas on August 25, 2017, with 130 mph winds. Record breaking rainfall totals in Cedar Bayou (located on the outskirts of Houston) of 51.88 inches, led to a one in 1,000-year flood type event that occurred in and around Houston. To put this number in perspective, consider the fact that Hurricane Katrina, as devastating as it was, only dropped five to ten inches of rain within 48 hours.
The storm was responsible for at least $180 billion in damage and forced around 37,000 people into shelters in Texas, while another 7,000 sought refuge in George R and 2,000 in Louisiana. It negatively impacted the lives of 13 million people and unfortunately resulted in the deaths of at least 60 people as of September 6, 2017.
These figures would be bad enough to contemplate for the nation, both with regard to the strain on financial and natural resources as well as the devastating loss of life that occurred. However, it seems there is another, even potentially more deadly hurricane about to hit the coast of Florida head on in the form of Hurricane Irma according to this video.
This category 4 hurricane, which has been labeled by many as “potentially catastrophic” is currently battering portions of both Cuba and the Bahamas with 155 MPH winds. It sets its sites on Florida, where it should make landfall in Southwestern Florida and the Florida Keys by early Sunday morning.
Life threatening storm surges are being predicted of up to 12 feet from Cape Sable to Captive. This storm surge, as well as other factors like Irma’s immense size and strength, have prompted mass evacuations from the state of Florida. In fact, Miami-Dade county has just issued their largest evacuation ever, ordering some 650,000 residents to flee out of harm’s way.
As Christians, we should be praying for our brothers and sisters who are in the path of the storm. As we know, the Bible predicted such events. The following is one such example:
Luke 21:25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.”
This passage and others like it imply that it’s only going to get worse before it gets better for those who believe in Christ. In the meantime, we should be in prayer for all those in the path of this most recent, record breaking storm. Watch the video below to get the full scoop!