Churches in the Carolinas are now bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence as Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress urged Christians to pray for those in the path of the ferocious weather system that scientists predict will likely wreak catastrophic damage.
In their 8 a.m. advisory on Hurricane Florence Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center warned that it will be “extremely dangerous” when it nears the U.S.
“Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Strengthening is forecast through tonight. While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is forecast to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast,” the NHC said.
The National Weather Service also said Wednesday that Hurricane Florence is “very large and incredibly dangerous” and is likely to affect the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states this week into early next week.
And as more than 1.5 million people were ordered to evacuate, FEMA administrator Brock Long said in a tweet Wednesday morning: “If you’re told to evacuate for Hurricane #Florence and don’t go, you’re putting your life in danger. Today is the last day to travel; plan accordingly.”
A day earlier he added in another tweet “… it is crucial that you listen. Plan to be out of affected areas for an extended period of time as Florence will have extensive impacts.”
The North Carolina Baptists on Mission, which handles disaster relief for the Baptist State Convention, told BP News that they are preparing for the worst.
“All of our equipment is being checked to make sure that everything is operational and road-worthy,” Richard Brunson, executive director of NCBM said.
“We haven’t had a Category 4 hit North Carolina since Hurricane Hazel, 50 years ago,” Brunson added. “It just depends where it comes in, but it’s a very powerful hurricane that could be devastating, catastrophic. Those are the words they’re using to describe Hurricane Florence.”
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Source: Christian Post