Hurricane Arthur is hitting the U.S. East Coast on Friday, the Fourth of July holiday, leaving close to 22,000 without power in North Carolina and strengthening to a Category 2 hurricane.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Arthur has grown to speeds of 100 mph, and reached land late on Thursday, between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina. Duke Energy has said that more than 22,000 people have been left without power in the area.
"We're most concerned about flooding inland and also storm surges in our sounds and our rivers further inland," North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday. more >>
The July Fourth holiday could be a wet one for the Carolinas as the National Hurricane Center announced Tuesday that tropical storm Arthur, the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to hit the area as a hurricane on Thursday.
"After remaining nearly stationary earlier this morning, Arthur appears to be drifting northwestward now with an uncertain motion of 315/02 kt," noted the NHC in a discussion of the storm Tuesday.
According to USA Today, the tropical depression formed late Monday night as it moved off Florida's east coast at 2 mph. The NHC's 11 a.m. ET advisory said the system was located about 95 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral. It is also moving with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph with tropical-storm-force winds that extend 45 miles from its center. more >>
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Ream held its annual chaplains conference in North Carolina, having a record attendance for the multiday event.
Held last week at The Cove in Ashville by the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, the conference involved training chaplains in various fields of care.
Scott Holmquist, deputy director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, told The Christian Post about how the conference went. more >>
A recent video uploaded to YouTube shows a woman's heartfelt plea to Jesus for protection as a tornado approached North Dakota's oil patch on Monday, ultimately injuring nine people and destroying 15 trailer homes belonging to oil workers.
The tornado, which injured nine at an oil workers' camp near Watford City, North Dakota, had winds that peaked at 120 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The natural disaster hit the small workers' camp, located 50 miles southeast of Williston, at 7:50 p.m. and was categorized as an EF-2 in strength.
In the video, uploaded to YouTube by BreakingNewsYouTube, a woman can be heard offering a panicked plea to God for safety, saying that she has nowhere to go if the tornado strikes her home. "Oh Jesus, Father God in Heaven … Oh my Jesus. We've got nowhere to go," the woman can be heard saying. more >>
A church in Iowa that lost its century-old building to flooding broke ground recently on a new $2 million facility.
Salem United Methodist Church of Cedar Rapids, which lost the building in 2008, held a groundbreaking for its new building Sunday between worship services.
The $2 million project will include space for a sanctuary, classrooms, nursery, offices, and library, church officials said. From June 2008, to November 2010, Salem members worshiped at three sites before landing at the 33rd Avenue location. more >>
Survivors of a powerful tornado that killed 24 people, injured nearly 400 others and caused more than $2 billion in damages share how their faith in God helped them to make sense of their harrowing experiences and devastating losses in the new documentary, Where Was God? Stories of Hope After the Storm.
On May 20, 2013, a powerful tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma, and barreled 17 miles through the state's seventh largest city for a gut-wrenching 39 minutes. An entire elementary school was destroyed, several children from another elementary school were killed, and more than a dozen homes were either flattened or swept away by the storm.
Oklahoma, a tornado-prone state, was hit again in late April when a storm barreled through its borders and those of several other states, leaving at least 35 people dead and countless homes destroyed. But the tornado experienced by Moore residents and those in near-by towns in 2013 was one of the 10 most powerful twisters to ever hit Oklahoma, having inflicted EF5, or 200-plus mph wind damage. more >>