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News on The 700 Club: September 14, 2018

As seen on “The 700 Club,” Sept 14.: Read Transcript

- 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.

- Now, in the face ofthe storms, preparation

is key, and we wanna help you with that.

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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,

all you have to do iscall us, 1-800-700-7000,

and say, yes, I wanna donateto the Operation Blessing

Disaster Relief Fund.You can also write us,

CBN Center, VirginiaBeach, Virginia, 23463.

Just put on the memoline, Operation Blessing

Disaster Relief, and your gift will be

designated into disaster relief.

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,

to let people know welove 'em, God loves them.

We're there for them in theirtime of need, but we need

your help to do it, socall us. 1-800-700-7000.

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.


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