Sunday, September 2, 2007
A few days ago we were praying about Hurricane Dean, which became a major hurricane eventually slamming into the Yucatan Peninsula as a category 5 storm with sustained winds of over 160 mph. God was gracious and we watched as the centre of that hurricane passed between the islands of Martinique and St. Lucia, veered south of Jamaica, missed the Cayman Islands and eventually made landfall on one of the more sparsely populated areas in the Yucatan. There was property damage and loss of life but way below what would normally be expected from a major hurricane.
Now I am asking you to pray concerning Hurricane Felix and another system developing in the Atlantic due east of Barbados. Last Friday Barbados experienced a rainy day as a tropical depression passed close by. That system has now become Hurricane Felix with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (category 2), expected to be a category 3 later today and a category 4 by the time it makes landfall in Central America. Should the storm veer a little to the south it will impact Nicaragua and Honduras where the mountains will destroy the storm but the rainfall will cause mudslides, flash floods and endanger thousands of lives. If it stays on course it will directly threaten Belize which is still recovering from a glancing blow by Hurricane Dean. Please join in prayer that God would once again, in His sovereign grace, spare the lives of our people and minimise the damage from this system which is already more than 200 miles wide. Here is the latest information from www.wunderground.com:
There is another system developing in the Atlantic, due east of Barbados. It has not yet developed to the stage of a depression but is expected to gain strength as it moves towards the Lesser Antilles. Www.accuweather.com is currently reporting: “We are watching a tropical wave near 41 west south of 20 north, that is moving west at 7 degrees longitude per day. An area of low pressure is along this tropical wave near 14.5 north and 40 west. Satellite images show thunderstorms forming near this low pressure area. Further development of this system will be slow due in part due to dry air to the north. This dry, dusty air should thin out as the system moves west. Another limiting factor is that strong easterly winds aloft over the region are causing shear that is tearing the thunderstorms apart. However, the shear will relax as the wave moves to the west, and higher moisture levels are present farther west as well, so this wave has a chance to develop further into a tropical depression a couple of days down the road.” For identification purposes this system has been designated Invest 98L. The possible routes have been posted this morning by www.wunderground.com and are shown in the below graphic. It seems like this one will threaten the north eastern corner of the chain of islands including St. Maarten, the US and British Virgin islands, Puerto Rico, etc. As we pray God will respond.
Rev. Gerald A. Seale, DD, General Secretary and CEO,Evangelical Association of the Caribbean,41 Excel Road, Elizabeth Park, Christ Church BB15092, Barbados,Tel/Fax: 1-246-427-9746Web Site: www.caribbeanevangelical.org
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