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Rise of the Super Storms

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  • July 2, 2018

In just one devastating month, Houston, Florida, and the Caribbean were changed forever. In summer 2017, three monster hurricanes swept in from the Atlantic one after another, shattering storm records and killing hundreds of people. First, Harvey brought catastrophic rain and flooding to Houston, causing $125 billion in damage.

Less than two weeks later, Irma lashed the Caribbean with 180 mile per hour winds—and left the island of Barbuda uninhabitable. Hot on Irma’s heels, Maria intensified from a Category 1 to a Category 5 hurricane in just 30 hours, then ravaged Puerto Rico and left millions of people without power.

As the planet warms, are these superstorms the new normal? How well can we predict them? And as the U.S. faces the next hurricane season, does it need to prepare for the reality of climate refugees? NOVA takes you inside the 2017 superstorms and the cutting-edge research that will determine how well equipped we are to deal with hurricanes in the future.

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Be Prepared

Know Your Evacuation Route

Florida’s St. John’s County has published a visual map depicting important Evacuation Routes that should be used in an emergency.

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Understanding the Basics:

Every Hurricane is different.  Some move slowly, some fast. Some have high winds spawning tornadoes. Others have a great storm surge causing much flooding like Katrina. Last year of the three major storms, Harvey, Irma and Maria, two set new precedents.

  • Harvey was unique moving slowly and stalling as it hit land pumping an enormous amount of water from the Gulf of Mexico onto land.
  • Irma was a huge storm devastating the Caribbean and Cuba before turning north destroying much of the keys and SW Florida before continuing north ravaging most of the Florida peninsula with high winds spawning many tornadoes and flooding into GA, SC and NC.

When a hurricane hits everyone within its scope is affected, even after it is downgraded to a tropical storm.  Even if your family evacuated when you return you will suffer emotional trauma plus any physical damage to your house, property and vehicles.  The physical can often be repaired or replaced faster than dealing with the long term affects of emotional trauma.

What will our team be doing and how can we pray?

Mission teams often ask - What will we be doing?  While we have a list of what to bring and the possibilities the best answer is we will use your team where they are needed most.  Most of our needs can be placed into three categories including:

  1. Initial Relief (Phase 1): After a storm tensions are high, most including emergency responders are in a state of panic or crisis mode.  Clean-up is the main focus and moving emergency supplies to where they are needed most. Our first teams to respond will be sent an Outreach Guide for Team Leaders and a list similar to Hurricane Irma- Facts, Questions and Answers.  Our thrust will be to help everyone cope through prayer and helping minister to emotional stress, see Trauma response. We utilize tree and debris removal teams, Flood damage teams, Prayer and counseling teams and our Care Bag Ministry. Bags include emergency items, cleaning supplies, two meals for a family of 4, two gallons of water for cooking and cleaning plus 1-2 cases for drinking and in invitation card to receive the Lord and to attend a local church.
  2. Intermediate, (Phase 2): Essential services are restored, e.g., lights and water. We realize many have suffered emotional stress and perhaps PTSD if they sat out the storm in their home.  This phase includes ministering to emotional needs, completing any remaining  needs from Phase 1 and the beginning phases of reconstruction or restoration. Care Bags are handed to all ministered to include meals, cleaning supplies and an invitation card.
  3. Long-term relief, (Phase 3):  This phase concentrates on the reconstruction phase and may run from one year to three depending upon the severity of the storm.  We continue to use our Care Bags and may supplement with a neighborhood survey when canvassing a neighborhood.

Prayer:  Pray for safety of all victims and families affected by the hurricane.  Pray for all teams and staff of this ministry and all going into harm’s way.  Pray for safety, for health, for no additional trauma, accidents or complications. Pray for many to be touched by the Gospel and many to receive his lifesaving grace as God opens his arms to all in need.  Pray for wisdom and anointing on all prayer teams, emotional counseling and Care bag distribution teams, indeed every team sent into the aftermath; for God to touch many lives and bring many unto himself. Pray for God’s provision for those suffering and for every agency, program and ministry helping victims in need.

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Hurricane Chris Update - Final

At a Glance:
  • Chris became the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season in early July.
  • This second hurricane of the season came much earlier than average, by over a month.
  • Chris generated high surf and rip currents along much of the U.S. East Coast.
  • Parts of Atlantic Canada took a final brush from Chris as it became a post-tropical cyclone.

We will continue to monitor Hurricane Chris.

Should we see a significant change or determine that both lives and livelihood may be threatened to our northnern neighbors, ADPR will keep you informed and rally the necessary resources and mission teams.

Weather Channel

Hurricane Beryl downgraded to Tropical Storm says The Weather Channel…

“Given barely enough ocean heat content (sea-surface temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit), low wind shear, and its location south of a plume of sinking, dry air known as the Saharan air layer, Beryl intensified quickly from a tropical depression at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday to a Category 1 hurricane just 18 hours later.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), wind shear has increased and combined with a very dry environment likely causing Beryl to weaken.”

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