- Well, welcome to The 700 Club.
What was once a Category 4 storm of a
lifetime has weakened to a Category 1.
Hurricane Florence has made landfall
and is now making a slow move down
the coast. The eye passed near
Wilmington, North Carolina this morning.
- With winds topping 100 miles-per-hour,
forecasters say the lingering storm could
still do major damage, especially from the
amount of rain. Jennifer Wishon has more.
- [Jennifer] Hurricane Florence collided
with the coast around 6:00 a.m., slamming
into Wilmington, North Carolina, packing
wind gusts of 105 miles-per-hour, and
demonstrating she's no lady.
- It is making landfall,coming ashore here
near Wilmington, North Carolina. There you
can see the eye-wall,the western edge of it
already over the inlandareas. So, Florence
will continue to move slowly inland during
the day today. But, a large part of the
circulation is out overthe open waters here,
so we'll continue to see very heavy rain
spinning into EasternNorth Carolina and that
will spread into South Carolina as well.
So that is going to bethe major story out of
this hurricane here,the flooding. Looking at
the future path ofFlorence, notice it stays
a minimal hurricane asit moves slowly West
and Southwest today, into tonight. It will
weaken further oncethat entire circulation
gets away from the waterduring the weekend,
then eventually themoisture streams north.
But, near this path, just to the North, we
will be looking attremendous amounts of rain.
- [Jennifer] In New Bern, North Carolina,
150 people had to be rescuedfrom rising flood waters.
- Surviving this storm willbe a test of endurance,
teamwork, common sense, and patience.
- [Jennifer] In SouthCarolina, another state
in the hurricane's cross hairs,
- Proverbs 6:6 through 8 says
- [Jennifer] emergency officials turned
to the bible and prayed to God.
- Help us to use this event as a rallying
point for unity. Helpkeep us safe, oh Lord.
Help us to honor and praise You
even in the midst of the storm.
- Florence is expected to dump some 20
inches of rain on Myrtle Beach, is
churning storm surges up to 10 feet,
and farther inland, rivers are
already overflowing their banks.
Power outages are already widespread.
Some 40,000 power workers from 17
states are mobilized to respond.
Tens of thousands
of people across theCarolinas and Virginia
are weathering the storm in shelters.
- Once these winds start blowin' at that
tropical storm rate, it will be virtually
impossible for the rescuersto get in to rescue you.
- [Jennifer] PresidentTrump says he's confident
the Federal Governmentis ready to respond.
Many in the storm's pathare holding on to the
promise that they're not alone.
- Help us to remember that the same God
that created the Heavens and the Earth,
that the same God that is with us and
will see us through the storm. We ask all
these things in Your gracious name, Lord.
- [Jennifer] Jennifer Wishon, CBN News.
- Well, joining us now to talk about the
storm's track and theimpact is Joe Bastardi.
He's the Chief Forecasterfor Weatherbell Analytics.
Joe, I've gotta ask thequestion, what happened
to this storm? It seemsto have changed track,
and it seems to definitelyhave changed intensity.
- Well, in responding, Idon't want you to think
that this is an egotisticalresponse, but...
on September 5th, we putout a forecast saying
it would be hitting nearCape Fear Thursday night
and Friday. Those mapshave all been out on
public notice, so thestorm is basically doing
what it's supposed todo. It did weaken a bit,
but let me say somethingabout this weakening.
Now, where do you thinkthere's more energy?
If you get a wind gustto 125 miles an hour for
maybe 10 seconds, or youget 70 to 100 mile an hour
winds for 12 to 24 hours.Where do you think there's
more energy in a storm?Well, you gotta understand
something about that Saffir-Simpson Scale.
It's only concerned withone wind at one spot,
measuring the highest wind.This is an enormous storm.
Hurricane-force wind gustshave occurred out 150 miles
northeast of the center.We just had a wind gust in
Wilmington, North Carolina,the second highest ever
recorded, only behindHurricane Helene, in 1958,
which had a 930 millibarpressure, this is 958 millibars.
When this storm is allsaid and done, we're gonna
understand that theimmense power of the storm,
though not focused its fury at the center,
was spread out more and because of that,
it will be every bit as badas what's been advertised.
So, as far as the end-gameof the storm goes,
you have to understandthat when you get into
a situation where it's very close to land,
the steering currents are breaking down,
it starts meandering.If you've noticed over
the last couple of hours,it's moved southwest
and even south-southwest.It's south of Wilmington,
it didn't go overWilmington. And what we are
most fearful of, and whatwe've been talking about
the past couple of days,is it comes back over
the water, goes justsoutheast of Myrtle Beach,
then hits Myrtle Beachunderneath it. Which would
mean, instead of havingnorthwest winds, you
shift the wind into the East and Southeast
all across the GrandStrand, and that gives
them the extra tidal surge also, to go
along with the two feet of rain they're
going to get. So, I think it's sort of a
pick your poison type situation here.
- Well, how long are we goingto be dealing with this storm?
- Well, in differentforms, we'll deal with
it until Tuesday, becauseas far as tomorrow
morning goes, I thinkthe storm will be near
Myrtle Beach. I'm notso sure they'll still
have it classified as ahurricane, but they'll
be getting racked on theGrand Strand tomorrow
morning. The winds willbe diminishing by that
time across Wilmington and southern North
Carolina, but they stillhave another 12 to 18
hours of this because it's moving so slow.
Then it'll be out near Columbia, between
Columbia and Greenville-Spartanburg,it looks like,
on Sunday. Then, Monday,the center will probably
be up near Knoxville,Tennessee, and Tuesday,
probably over my house inState College, Pennsylvania,
'cause all it wants to dohere is rain this Summer.
And, without trying tobe cute about that, our
rivers in Pennsylvaniaand Virginia are already
loaded up with water.Another three to six inches
of rain from the remnantsof a tropical cyclone
means that there's gonnabe a lot of river flooding.
And something else we gottaworry about is tornadoes.
We've already had a coupleof tornado warnings,
but as this gets inlandand starts breaking up,
to the right of the path,parts of North Carolina
and South Carolina andthen up into Virginia
and the Mid-Atlanticstates, there's probably
gonna be tornadic activity with this.
That's what happens withthese big powerful storms
that have gathered allthat energy. One way or
the other, rememberfolks, tropical cyclones
are natures way of takingheat out of the tropics
and redistributing the heatinto the temperate regions.
They've been here forever.It's hurricane season.
Occasionally, a hurricaneshows up. Sometimes
more, sometimes less. Inthis particular case so far,
we've been very blessed.We've only had one hurricane,
and that's the one you see right now.
- Well, let's go back to South Carolina,
and Myrtle Beach in particular.
Tomorrow morning, what sort of storm
surge are you anticipating there?
- I think the Hurricane Center has a good
idea there, I'm justexplaining the nervousness
I have because theforecasts that I've been
looking at has had aworry about it dropping
south of Myrtle Beach.Now, can I say definitely
that's going to happen?I mean, only God knows
tomorrow, but I do thinkthis jog south-southwest
along the coast, andyou could see it as well
as I, you don't need meto tell you which way
the storm's moving,'cause you just look at
the radar, it's beenturning southwest, gets
it back out over thatwater and then it comes
in under Myrtle Beach,so Myrtle Beach is gonna
be a very, very toughforecast. I hate to say it,
but it's the kinda forecastyou gotta look at it
every hour for the next12 to 18 hours before
you make a final call. I'mvery certain about the rain,
I'm just not certainwhether the wind goes into
the East and Northeastat Myrtle Beach, which is
very different from thenorthwest wind they have now.
If you've been watchingpictures of Myrtle Beach,
there's sand blowingaround because the wind's
blowing from the Northwest right now.
A northeast wind is very,very different there
as it piles water in.Remember, folks, one of
the things we talked about yesterday, past
couple of days, the shape of the coastline
causes a storm to tightenup when it's coming
from the ocean. You seehow the coast is shaped
like a cup? Well, whathappens is, the storm
doesn't wanna go ashore,so those bands tighten up,
and you saw the eyetighten up. Well, worry is
that if it comes back outover the water, it'll try
to do the same thing aroundMyrtle Beach tomorrow morning.
- Well, what do youthink about the rest of
hurricane season? We'vegot two more months to go.
Should we anticipate we'regoing to see more storms?
- Yeah, I think that weshut down over the next
10 days. In fact, youknow we got all these
storms out, you know what'sgreat, you see people
tell, "ah, this is becauseof climate change!"
Well, how come Isaac fellapart at the height of
the hurricane season inthe Caribbean, right?
There's so many morefactors, the totality of
the picture runs the show,not this little thing
or that little thing.But, what happens is,
for the next seven to 10days, the tropics quiet down.
Then, after September 26th,we're forecasting them
to come back up againand we may have one more
big burst, and I'm veryconcerned about the
southwest Atlantic, the western Caribbean,
the Gulf of Mexico,last week of September,
first week of October,more than normal activity.
It might even originateoff Africa, try to come
across, but this time,instead of falling apart
in the Caribbean, itgets very intense in the
Caribbean, they like to dothat the end of the year.
By the way, one morething. Southern California
and the Southwest, do notbe surprised, we get one
of these systems developoff Mexico and recurve
up in there, and by theway, all this is pointing
the way to a cold, stormyWinter, and as a matter
of fact, I got Virginia Beach targeted for
relative to average, there'sa lot of cold, a lot of
snow this year, so you mightwanna think about that.
- Well, Joe, you're just fullof good news today. (laughing)
- Well, come on- There doesn't seem to be
- Think of, think of- any safe place for anyone.
- Now, let me saysomething, something I tell
my kids, and we have in our family.
The trials you face today are because of
the blessings that got you here anyway.
And I'm serious aboutthat. Sometimes, I think,
when you look at the weather, this is a
horrible situation, butalmost every day is nice,
or fairly nice, otherwisewe wouldn't be where
we are today. So, wegotta put up with this,
there's always some bad out there,
and that's just the way nature is.
- Alright. Well, Joe,thanks for being with us.
Well, as Hurricane Florencehits North Carolina,
cities and towns are feeling its wrath.
CBN reporter Erik Rosales shows us how
those in the storm'spath helped each other
prepare as Florence made its approach.
- [Erik] HurricaneFlorence, making its slow
and ominous approach.The giant storm, some
500 miles across, alreadyflooding coastal streets.
While the bands of rainhaven't yet reached
inland cities and towns,the preparation continues.
- Our main focus right nowis making sure everyone
is prepared, they havethe supplies that they
need, water, flashlights,the basic necessities
just to make it through the storm.
- [Erik] This church pastor in Lumberton,
North Carolina, used towork as an electrician.
He's now using those talents to help his
church members keeps the lights on.
- And, I never realized that God would
be able use those skills along with
sharing the Gospel and making disciples,
and God has brought the two together
and he's been able to use that skill set.
- He's pretty incredible, and he's a
great friend of ours as well, and
we know we can always count on him.
- Many Carolinans decided to wait out
the storm together inside shelters.
I'm in front of Lumberton High School.
It's one of four shelters in the area.
Inside, some 300 people hoping that
they'll have a home to come back to.
- I just thank God we're here and pray
that God will bring us through the storm.
- For me, I'm scared of the storm, but
when I'm servin' a man called Jesus,
I know he'll bring us through it.
- This is our five loaves of bread and
two fish, and before longwe're feedin' thousands.
- [Erik] Meanwhile, leaders of other
churches are planning to hand out food
and supplies to whoever needs it.
- We had a meetin' this past week with
our deacon board and they all agreed
to do it again this year, so what
we'll do is transform this building here
into our center of distribution.
- [Erik] Although their faith is tested,
people are keeping Jesusclose to their heart.
- God's gonna take care of me. Even if I
lose everything again, it doesn't matter.
God's gonna bring itback, I mean, He does.
- [Erik] A tremendousamount of faith is being
shown here in the Carolinas.Erik Rosales, CBN News.
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Well, Hurricane Florence will bring high
winds and flooding across the East Coast,
and it's estimated thatNorth Carolina alone
will get 10, hear this,trillion, 10 trillion
gallons of rain from the storm. Homes will
be damaged, people areexpected to lose power.
And so, Operation Blessing will be on the
scene to help with the recovery.
- [Narrator] As HurricaneFlorence hits the
East Coast, OperationBlessing is already mobilizing
to provide relief whereit will most be needed.
- We're staging ourequipment, we're preparing
our equipment, and we'regettin's ready to pull
out for Hurricane Florence response.
- [Narrator] OperationBlessing staff loaded
trucks with food, water,and relief supplies.
We fueled up, and our trucks hit the road.
- We stage at the best location. A place
that we can respond effectively, but keep
our team out of harm's way. So that we can
get in quickly to help people.
- [Narrator] Our staffin Virginia Beach is
organizing volunteersnow so we'll be ready
to provide immediaterelief as soon as possible.
- We try to meet whatever need there is.
Distributing water andvolunteer coordination,
mucking and gutting ofhouses, and a lot of
mass feeding. People have lost all their
belongings. In a floodedhome, we help them
sort through these belongings,and salvage memorabilia.
- [Narrator] OperationBlessing has been there for
families for many disastersbefore. However hard
Florence hits, we'llreach out with the love of
Christ to help peopleget back on their feet.
- We're caring forpeople in need. We wanna
pray with them, we wanna offer them that
spiritual and emotionalsupport. That's why
we respond to people in theirdarkest days after a disaster.
- Well, our teams arealready in the preparation
area based around Raleigh,North Carolina, and are
waiting for the storm to clear in order to
go in there and provide reliefto people as they need it.
And if you wanna be partof that relief effort,
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We need help now. As we prepare for this
monstrous storm, it seems it's going to
be there for some time in North Carolina,
South Carolina, and we want to reach out.
Our motto is, when disasters strike,
we strike back with love and compassion,
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We're there for them in theirtime of need, but we need
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Alright, Terry, I hearyou've got a viewer comment.
- I do. You know, welove to hear from you all
when you e-mail us orwrite us, but this is an
e-mail comment that camein from a viewer who says,
Pat and the entire teamhave prayed that Hurricane
Florence not come tothe Virginia Beach area.
It appears that thatprayer has been answered,
which is wonderful. Iask that someone get word
to the hosts to pray onthe show and also you
all pray in the chapelservices for Hurricane
Florence to turn hardleft and go out to sea
rather than hit land oreven come close to land
because the storm stillseems that the effect will
be devastating on theNorth Carolina and South
Carolina coast andthroughout much of North
Carolina and South Carolinaand other states and areas.
- Well, I'm not tryin' tosound offensive, but we
have been praying forthat. We have been praying
the storm to go back out to sea.
We're certainly all grateful that a
Category 4 has turned into a Category 1.
That's a magnitude difference.
I hear Joe loud and clear that sustained
winds of 90 miles an hour for 12 hours can
do a whole lot of damage,but sustained winds
of 140, 150 miles an hourcan do a whole lot more.
And I've been throughsuper typhoons in the
Philippines, and I know what I'm talking
about, so we're very grateful that the
storm has lessened in intensity.
But, at the same time,still very concerned
for people in NorthCarolina, South Carolina,
particularly what we're hearing what may
happen to Myrtle Beach tomorrow morning.
We need to continue in prayer.
We've been in prayer all week,
let's continue inprayer. Let's not give up
just because the storm has made landfall.
God is able. He can stillany kind of storm, anywhere.
He is sovereign, and weneed to pray and believe
that God will lessen these winds
even more, hold back thetorrential floods, hold
back the torrentialrain, and protect people.
Most of all, let's be inprayer for people to be
protected, that we can come through this
storm intact. Now, let'sdo that right now, alright?
Lord, we just lift thepeople in North Carolina,
South Carolina too, and we just ask for
Your mercy and Your compassion.
That no life would be lost.That all would be saved.
That we would comethrough this storm intact.
And that families wouldbe intact, and Lord,
most of all, that thecommunities would rise up,
and the surrounding states would rise up
and provide the help andassistance that's needed
to those who are so desperately in need.
And now, Lord, we pray forFlorence to break apart.
That everything with the storm surge,
everything with the storm intensity,
everything with the storm wall,
that it all just dissipate now.
Be still, Florence, be stilland go back out to sea.
No more destruction, nomore flood, no more rain,
no more wind. We askit all in Jesus' name.
Amen and amen.