- Well welcome to The 700 Club!
You know, we've had some interesting days.
Over the years, we've seen a tremendous
number of hurricanes.
This was called Hurricane Alley
and we've seen many, many,many prayers being answered.
We prayed together andour staff a few days ago.
And asked the Lord to move that
hurricane's course away from this area.
And from what we gather right now,
the storm track hasshifted south of this area
and we no longer are under the threat
of a serious hurricane here.
I know people have beenasking what we're doing
and what we're doing is we're just fine.
For that I am grateful,but at the same time
that storm is moving into South Carolina
and possibly Georgia.
And it's surprising theweather forecasters but,
nevertheless, we're grateful to the Lord.
But at the same timewe want to let you know
that Operation Blessing isgoing to be operating in
South Carolina and Georgiaand wherever this thing hits,
wherever it needs.
But the latest word is thatthis storm may hit the coast
and then stall and if it does,it won't be inches of rain,
it will be feet of rain.
- Well right now, Florenceis packing 130 mile
per hour winds andthreatens to drop as much
as three feet of rain in some places.
Millions are being toldto evacuate the Carolinas,
now Georgians are taking notice.
Mark Martin has the story.
- [Mark] Already a Category 4 storm,
the National Hurricane Center predicts
the storm will strengthen Wednesday night,
as it moves toward the Carolina coast.
A hurricane hunter withthe National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration,flew through the eye
of Florence this week,capturing this video.
It is expected to weakensomewhat on Thursday,
but still predicted tobe an extremely dangerous
major hurricane whenit nears the US coast.
- If it does slow up, storm surge is going
to become a bigger problem and also,
it's expected to makelandfall as a major hurricane.
Our track here showing it as a Category 3.
Still we're thinkingFriday late or Friday night
into the start of the weekend.
Notice how it kind ofmeanders here off the coast.
And then, once it does come onshore, it is slowing moving.
It goes down to a tropical storm and then,
a tropical rain storm here and still,
Sunday and Monday sitting hereover parts of the Southeast.
So we could be dealing with historical,
catastrophic rainfall, especially in
coastal parts of North Carolina.
- [Mark] National Service officials warn
of the potential for unbelievable damage
from wind, storm surge, andinland flooding with this storm.
North Carolina's governoralso did not mince words.
- The waves and the windthis storm may bring
is nothing like you've ever seen.
- [Mark] The governor urged locals not
to hunker down, but to leave.
- We need people to evacuate.
They're putting their own lives at risk,
as well as the lives of first responders.
- [Mark] On the ground, millionsof people are evacuating.
CBN News reporter Erik Rosales is headed
for the storm zone.
- We're just outside atDurham, North Carolina.
And a number of commuterswho are heading outta
town are finding this, gas stations are
simply running outta gas or are low.
We did see a steady stream of people
as we made our way fromWashington, D.C. out
to the Carolinas as they are continuing
to make their way and heeding the warning
about this historic storm that is going
to pound the Carolinas.
Many are relying on their faith.
- Oh yeah, I trust Him.
He always has us and I'm sure He's gonna
keep us throughout this.
My grandma's been prayingand she's been calling
from New Jersey, and sothe kids are prepared.
- [Mark] Thousands ofdisaster response crews
prepare for the worst.
In Virginia Beach, BattalionChief Chris Ludford,
with the Virginia Beach Fire Department,
told CBN News people nearSandbrigde Beach appear
to be heeding the evacuation orders.
- Absolutley, overall I get the sense,
especially the visitors.
- There are several threats associated
with Hurricane Florence.
Chief Ludford says hebelieves the biggest threat
for Sandbridge Beach and the Back Bay
Wildlife Refuge is tidal flooding.
- And that coupled with standing water
due to heavy rains.
Those are going to be the two things
that we worry about most here.
- [Mark] The NationalHurricane Center predicts
as much as two to three feet of rain,
in parts of North and SouthCarolina which could lead
to catastrophic flash flooding.
Mark Martin, CBN News.
- Well with us now viaSkype is Joe Bastardi.
He's the chief forecasterfor Weatherbell Analytics.
And Joe have you got any take(laughs)
on where that thing is headed now.
- Well we've been forecasting this
since actually September 2nd.
We've alerted our clients to this threat.
September 5th, we jumped on this
through the overall patternin the Northwest Atlantic.
There's something going oncalled the New Finland Wheel.
It's a big high pressure system there.
The old timers know about it.
That's why we had so manyhurricanes back in 50s hitting
the Eastern seaboard, becauseyou had predominating high
pressure over the Northwest Atlantic
during the hurricane season.
So we've seen this generaltype of pattern before.
Of course, every storm isa little bit different,
so every storm has adifferent twist to it.
This is taking what my father,
who's a meteorologist andhe's 89 years young now,
called the shortcut.
In other words, instead of coming west and
then turning north,this is coming directly
in from the southeast.
And there have been storms like this
that have done thisbefore: Isabel pressed us
in 2003 did this, we alsosaw Gracie in 1959 do this.
So this storm, as far asthe track to Cape Fear
which is what my company'shad since last Wednesday,
is not unprecedented in the general sense.
What happens after that though,
where we changed ourforecast this morning was,
when it gets to Cape Fearit stalls around there
and then starts southwest. Why?
Because the high in theAtlantic breaks down
and new upper air ridgedevelops over the Great Lakes,
so it literally pushesit back to the Southwest.
It will point where eventhough this would weaken
in the coastal waters moving southwestward
towards Savannah andCharleston, it would still
be a big hurricane andbatter those places.
Now let me talk to folks directly
around Wilmington, Cape Fear.
You've got to get out of there,
because this is not like Hugo,
not like Hazel, not like these storms
that just move through, Floyd,
remember it moved through in 12 hours.
This is going to stay fortwo days and you're going
to be under a siege therefrom tomorrow afternoon
into Friday nightperhaps Saturday morning,
where there's nothingbut a relentless pounding
of wind and heavy rain.
So you have to heedthese evacuations orders.
This is where this uniquein that it's stalling
in that particular areaand then backing southwest.
We've seen storms back southwest before,
for instance the Yankee stormin 1935 originated in Bermuda,
wound up hitting at Miami.
So we've seen storms that done that,
but not in close to the coast like this.
So for the areas that get hitdirectly, this is your Harvey,
your Katrina, and youshould take it that way.
- Joe, how long is Florencegoing to affect the Eastern US?
- Well I still think...our track takes it inland
between Savannah andCharleston, believe it or not,
Sunday night and then wehave it back toward Atlanta,
Monday, and then try to loop back around.
And the remnants of this maycome off the Mid-Atlantic
or South Atlantic coast in about 10 days
and when it gets there, there may be...
The rain threat in Virginia,up in Virginia is probably
when this gets up into the mountains
and that's six, seven days away.
But it's going to loop all the way through
the Southeastern states,come up the West side
of the mountains, and thentrying to come across.
I'm sure you remember what Camille did.
Even in Camille in 69 hit and then it hit
those mountains inVirginia and West Virginia,
yet 20 to 30 inches of rain up there
three days after the storm hit.
So we're concerned about that option too.
You gotta realize folks, thishas brought all this moisture,
all the way from Africaacross, though sea surface
temperatures in the WesternAtlantic are warmer than normal.
So there's an immenseamount of water coming in
and this storm, we're goingto have to watch it til
the very end in a week from now,
we may still be talking aboutthe remnants of this storm.
- Joe I appreciate so much.
Please come back and keep us up to date.
Thank you so much.
- You invite me back, I'm coming back.
(Pat laughs)Thank you.
- Joe Bastardi, isn't that terrific.
Well the thing that I want to point out,
this is a lot of rain, butsomehow God has answered
prayer in relation to ushere at Regent (mumbles).
- We will probably still,we won't get the eye,
but we'll still have tremendousflooding here I think.
- Well we'll have flooding,but it won't be anywhere
near what's going to happen down
at Georgia and South Carolina.
So CBN.com has a freeresource you can download.
It's called Plan. Prepare. Protect.
Three steps to keep your familysafe when disaster strikes.
We'll give that to youand we'll be talking
about the fact that Operation Blessing is
preparing to help people.
So Hurricane Florence isstill a few days away,
but Operation Blessing nowis talking about water,
they're talking about storing food,
there's talking about emergencyshelters and so forth.
So Heather Sells has more on that.
- Disaster relief groupslike Operation Blessing
are positioning themselvesup and down the East Coast
right now, waiting to get more of a sense
of where Florence will land.
- We'll hold some back herein the Virginia Beach area,
if it's highly impactedhere and we'll pre deploy
somewhere in Southeastern Virginia.
We haven't chosen a place yet.
- [Heather] Virginia Beachbased Operation Blessing is
one of a number of faithbased humanitarian groups
watching Florenceclosely and getting ready
to help those most in need.
It plans to serve meals to volunteers
and provide everything fromemergency relief supplies
to construction tools for rebuilding.
Mercy Chefs spent Tuesday loading two
of its mobile kitchens, each of which
can produce up to 15 thousand meals a day.
- That's our goal is tobe on site within 8 hours
of a disaster and feed theseincredibly dedicated men
and women that give so muchto their local communities.
- Mercy Chefs is preparing to serve meals
to first responders and those in shelters
in it's hometown area in Hampton Roads,
Virginia as well as North Carolina.
- [Gary] Mercy Chefs is usedto running to the fight.
We always run where the greatest need is.
We're sorta a little backon our heels this time
because the fight's coming to us.
- [Heather] Other faithbased like World Vision,
Samaritan's Purse andConvoy of Hope spent Tuesday
loading supplies and sending trucks
to states where Florencemay hit and then unload.
Some areas are getting readyfor two feet of rain or more.
The challenge right now,positioning resources
in the most strategic locations.
Florence is so wide andthe surge over the weekend
could be so great thedisaster relief groups
are still waiting to make final decisions.
- [Anthony] You want toput those folks in a place
where you kinda catch the falling life.
You don't want them tobe victims in the storm,
but you want them to be able to get into
the high impact areasas quickly as possible.
- [Heather] Still all eyesare on North Carolina for now.
Florence is expectedto slam the coast there
harder than any hurricane since 1954.
Heather Sells, CBN News.
- Well we still say, I thinkthat North Carolina is going
to be spared more thanwe realize and Virginia,
the coastal area is not going to get hit.
I mean your talking aboutthe major hurricane,
with Category 4 hurricane,this is disastrous stuff.
We won't have that, but South Carolina
and this rain, we don'tknow what's going to happen.
But the fact that it's goingto be going to Georgia,
then as Joe was starting to say,
if it hits the mountainsthere's no catch area
so you've got tremendous flooding.
We had a hurricane back in the,
you know it was a few yearsago, it started flooding
all the way up past Roanokeand throughout Covington,
Clifton Forge, and ondown towards the water,
towards the ocean.
I mean it was devastatingand you know those run off
the area doesn't have the ability
to store up all that moisture.
It means you got huge rivers running
and huge gashes in those hilly areas so.
- Well we've had so much rainthis summer to so that the...
- Oh man, this is going to be...
That'll be a killer, butall I can say is thank
the Lord that we, at thispoint sitting here with CBN,
Regent University, andall the things we do here
has been spared once againand people have been praying.
And I hope you would praythose of you in Georgia,
South Carolina, NorthCarolina, wherever you live.
Seek God and He is able togive you the relief alright.