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Headline: UN Security Council to convene meeting on Israeli settlement building
The UN Security Council will hold a meeting on October 14 to address Israeli settlement building. News of the upcoming meeting emerged after UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov appeared in front of the Security Council on Monday and slammed Israel for continuing to build settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Mladenov said Israel’s actions go against the Quartet’s recommendations, which were published in July. The Quartet’s report outlined what the group believes are the threats to the two-state solution and offered practical recommendations to enable an eventual return to peace negotiations. “Its recommendations continue to be ignored, including by a surge in Israeli settlement- related announcements and continuing demolitions,” Mladenov said. “We heard that settlement construction is not an impediment to a two-state solution; that ‘a few houses’ are not a problem for peace,” he added.
August 30, 2016
Headline: Israel Approves Hundreds of Homes in West Bank Settlements
Israel approved on Wednesday the construction of hundreds of new housing units in West bank settlements and retroactively legalized dozens more. The plan has already been approved at the political level. The Civil Administration's High Planning Committee approved the building of 234 homes in Elkana, which are designated by the plan as a nursing home, 31 homes in Beit Arye, and 20 homes in Givat Ze'ev. The committee has also legalized 178 housing units which were built in Beit Arye the 1980s. Another plan to build 30 housing units in the Efrat settlement was expected to be approved during the meeting but was ultimately not discussed. According to sources familiar with the details, the plan was pulled from the agenda at Netanyahu's request due to fear of U.S. pressure. According to one source, Netanyahu told the parties involved in promoting the plan that it would be frozen until after the U.S. presidential election in November, and its future will depend on the election's result. The Civil Administration confirmed that the plan was removed from the agenda in the last minute.
August 31, 2016
Headline: US appeals court tosses out $654 million verdict against PLO
A US appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a $654 million jury verdict against the Palestine Liberation Organization for terrorist attacks in the early 2000s in Israel that killed or wounded Americans, saying the US courts lack jurisdiction because the attacks were random and not aimed at the United States. The United States government said last year that the case threatened to financially destabilize the Palestinian government and harm the region. Wednesday’s written decision by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the attacks in 2002 and 2004, which killed 33 people and wounded hundreds more, were “unquestionably horrific.” But the three-judge panel said they were fortuitous and “not expressly aimed at the United States.” The decision, written by US District Judge John G. Koeltl, who was sitting on the court temporarily, said offices maintained by the PLO and Palestinian Authority in Washington were used to promote the Palestinian cause in speeches and media appearances and to retain a lobbying firm. It said those purposes were insufficient to give US courts jurisdiction over the groups for random attacks abroad.
August 31, 2016
“Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, And do not be still, O God! 2 For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head. 3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones. 4 They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” (Psalm 83)
Headline: Bomb blast in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley kills one, wounds 11: Red Cross
A bomb blast on a road in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on Wednesday killed at least one person and wounded 11 other people, the Lebanese Red Cross said. The explosion took place at a roundabout near the city of Zahle, the source added, without elaborating. Local media reported the person killed was a woman, but gave no further details. TV images from the scene showed broken glass littering the road near the roundabout, and people trying to treat someone lying on the ground with what looked like a head injury. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Several security incidents have hit Lebanon in recent months, including an attack by eight suicide bombers who blew themselves up killing five other people in a Christian village in the north in June. Lebanon has been repeatedly jolted by the five-year-old civil war in neighboring Syria, where powerful Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah is fighting on the side of President Bashar al-Assad.
August 31, 2016
Headline: UN warns against Israel-Lebanon truce breakdown
The UN Security Council warned Tuesday that violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict “that none of the parties or the region can afford.” The council’s warning came in a resolution adopted unanimously Tuesday extending the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon that monitors the cessation of hostilities until Aug. 31, 2017. It maintained the mission’s ceiling at 15,000 troops, supported by international and local civilian staff. The council expressed concern “at the limited progress made towards the establishment of a permanent cease-fire.” It urged all parties “to make every effort to ensure that the cessation of hostilities is sustained, exercise maximum calm and restraint and refrain from any action or rhetoric that could jeopardize the cessation of hostilities or destabilize the region.”
August 31, 2016
Syria Iraq ISIS- the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (the Levant) ISIS=ISIL=IS=Daash
Iraq Syria Kurdistan
Syria Headline: ISIS launches major offensive in Deir Ezzor City
The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched a major offensive inside Deir Ezzor City on Wednesday, targeting the government-controlled districts of Al-‘Arfi and Mouzafeen. ISIS began the offensive by sending three VBIEDs (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) towards the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses at both the Mouzafeen and Al-‘Arfi districts; however, all three were destroyed before they could reach their intended targets. Following the failed VBIED attacks, the Islamic State terrorists simultaneously the Al-‘Arfi and Mouzafeen districts; this resulted in a series of intense firefights that ended with the militants retreating from one of the areas. According to a military source at the Deir Ezzor Airport, the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Brigade seized a caged bulldozer from the Islamic State terrorists, while also destroying two of their armored vehicles that were mounted with anti-aircraft machine guns. The ISIS terrorists are now surrounded inside the Al-‘Arfi District after their other units withdrew from Al-‘Arfi earlier today.
August 31, 2016
Syria Headline: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Iraq Headline: Iraq Situation Report Aug 23- Aug 30, 2016
Kurdish Headline: Erdogan tells US: Stop backing the Kurds
US-Turkish discord over the Turkish army’s onslaught on the Kurds of northern Syria reached a new low Wednesday, Aug. 30, when the presidential palace spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in Ankara: “The US must revise its policy of supporting Kurdish forces.” The demand came after a senior US official called on “all the armed actors in the fight against the Islamic State in northern Syria to stand down,” in an effort to contain the new conflict dragging northern Syria into further chaos. The call was addressed equally to Ankara to freeze its military operations in Syria and to the Kurdish PYD-YPG militia to halt the flow of fraternal reinforcements for defending Mabij, the Syrian town the militia wrested from ISIS earlier this month with US assistance. debkafile’s military sources report that the Turkish army and Kurdish forces are already tensely aligned for a decisive battle over Manbij that will determine the outcome of the Turkish invasion of Aug. 24.
***see also Turkey below
August 30, 2016
Listed below are the nations which will attack Israel from Ezekiel chapter 38 and their modern day names (see chart above).
Gog is the leader of the invasion of Israel.
Magog, Meshech, and Tubal comprise modern day Turkey.
Persia is Iran, parts of northern Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Cush is Ethiopia and Sudan.
Put is Libya and will most likely include Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.
Gomer is Eastern Turkey.
Beth Togarmah is Armenia.
Headline: Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria Signals Turning Point in Anti-ISIS Fight
Turkey is unraveling America’s anti-ISIS partner in northern Syria in order to position itself as a major power broker in planned operations to retake Raqqa City. Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) crossed into Syria to seize the ISIS held border town of Jarablus alongside numerous Turkish- and U.S.-backed Syrian armed opposition groups on August 24. The operation, titled Euphrates Shield, is a turning point in American-Turkish relations and the war against ISIS by fulfilling longstanding American demands for more Turkish involvement in the anti-ISIS fight. Euphrates Shield also aims to prevent the expansion of Kurdish control along the border, however. The U.S. ordered the Syrian Kurdish People’s Defense Forces (YPG) to withdraw to the east bank of the Euphrates River in accordance with Turkish demands at the start of the operation. Turkey is leveraging Syrian opposition groups it trusts in Jarablus and intentionally sidelining groups that joined the Syrian YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), bringing U.S.- and Turkish- backed opposition factions into direct conflict with the American-backed SDF. The SDF opposed the Turkish incursion and attacked the joint Turkish-Syrian opposition force on August 27. A U.S. defense official announced that the two sides agreed to a “loose” truce on August 30. An unidentified Turkish military source, however, subsequently denied the existence of any such agreement. The Turkish intervention has meanwhile inspired local resistance against the SDF and YPG in Sunni Arab areas including Manbij City, south of Jarablus, and the northern Raqqa countryside. Turkey may exploit this local resistance to unseat the SDF from Manbij City and replace it with a military force that opposes the YPG.
August 30, 2016
Headline: Turkey hits out at US over Kurds comments
Headline: Russia calls on Turkey not to strike Syrian Kurds, others fighting IS
Headline: Iran urges Turkey to quickly end Syria intervention
Turkey has hit out at the United States over criticism of its ongoing role in the conflict in Syria. Turkish forces have targeted so-called Islamic State (IS) inside Syria, but have also gone after Kurdish fighters in the same region. The pursuit of Kurdish forces, whom Ankara considers terrorists, has led to criticism by the United States. Ankara contacted the US ambassador on Wednesday over comments the foreign ministry called "unacceptable". A US military spokesman had expressed hopes on Tuesday that, rather than see Turkey pursue Kurdish fighters, "all parties involved are going to stop shooting at each other and focus" on IS. On Wednesday, Russia added its voice, with the foreign affairs ministry calling on Turkey to avoid strikes in Syria on opposition and ethnic groups fighting Islamic State, including Syrian Kurds. "Turkey is a sovereign state, it is a legitimate state," said Turkey's EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik. "To suggest it is on a par with a terrorist organisation and suggest there are talks between them, that a deal has been reached between them, this is unacceptable."
August 31, 2016
Headline: Iran's Khamenei says need to boost offensive military capabilities
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that Iran needs to boost its offensive military capabilities. "In order to secure our population, our country and our future we have to increase our offensive capabilities as well as our defensive capabilities,” he said at a military expo in Tehran where a number of top military officials gathered, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). The Shi'ite leader spoke a week after a U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that had approached two U.S. ships, according to a Pentagon spokesman. The Pentagon also said that Iranian vessels had harassed a U.S. warship near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil and gas shipping channel, early last week. For its part, the Iranian military accused the United States of sending a drone into its air space on Monday, according to the Tasnim news agency. It said the drone left Iranian air space after a warning. President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist, has presided over a limited thaw in Iran's relations with the West, with a 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers his most notable achievement. But Iran's military and security services that answer to the hardline Khamenei continue to see Western states as adversaries. Khamenei also said that expanding defensive capabilities was necessary “so that oppressive powers feel threatened”, an allusion to the United States and key European allies.
August 31, 2016
Headline: Obama extends Libya bombing mission against ISIS, officials say
Headline: More than 100 US airstrikes against Islamic State in Libya in August
President Obama has extended the U.S. military’s combat mission in Libya for another month at the request of senior military leaders, two defense officials with knowledge of the order told Fox News. The decision keeps two U.S. Navy warships off the coast of Libya to continue striking ISIS and assist Libyan ground forces fighting the terror group in the coastal city of Sirte. One of the U.S. warships had been scheduled to go to the Persian Gulf in September to begin airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and keep an eye on Iran, a week after four provocations between Iranian gunboats and U.S. Navy ships -- one of which resulted in warning shots being fired by a U.S. warship. The other, a U.S. Navy destroyer, was supposed to head to the Black Sea near Russia next month. But both plans will be put on hold, according to one defense official. USS Wasp, a large amphibious assault ship loaded with over 1,000 Marines as well as Harrier jets and Cobra attack helicopters, will remain off the coast of Libya – as will her escort ship, USS Carney, a guided-missile destroyer.
August 31, 2016
Luke 21:9 and Matthew 24:7 speak of nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom in the end times. Revelation 6:3-4 speaks of the fiery red horse given power to make men slay one another and Revelation 6:8 speaks again of this red horse in conjunction with the pale horse of Death and Hades, as the one that has the power to kill by sword. Luke 21:9: wars & commotions; the Greek word here is Akatastasia, meaning instability, a state of disorder, disturbance, confusion (revolutions) Matthew 24:7: the Greek word for nation is Ethnos & refers to various ethnic groups fighting among themselves, where the next sentence in the verse refers to kingdoms (basileiva) fighting one another (not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom)
Headline: Car bomb outside Somali president’s palace kills 12
At least 12 people, including soldiers and civilians, were killed in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Tuesday when a car bomb claimed by Al-Shabab exploded outside the Presidential Palace and also damaged two nearby hotels, an official said. Information Minister Mohamed Abdi Hayir told state radio that a meeting of security officials was under way inside one of the hotels, the SYL, at the time of blast and that one minister and some state radio journalists were injured in the attack. The hotel is frequented by government officials and police said it believed the facility was the likely target.
The SYL and another hospitality facility, both located near the Presidential Palace, were partially destroyed by the blast, Major Mohamed Ali, a police officer, told Reuters. “The blast killed 12 (people) including soldiers and civilians and at least 30 others were wounded,” Ali said.
August 31, 2016
Headline: Car bomb attack in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
A car driven by a suicide bomber has exploded after ramming the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, officials say. The suicide bomber died and three embassy employees, all Kyrgyz nationals, were injured, Deputy PM Zhenish Razakov said. China's foreign ministry condemned the bombing as an "extreme and violent attack". No-one has yet said they were behind the suicide bombing. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said: "China is appalled and strongly condemns the violent act." She said China had "demanded that Kyrgyz authorities take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel in Kyrgyzstan, launch a thorough investigation to find out the truth of the incident and harshly punish the perpetrators".
August 30, 2016
Headline: Teenager killed in fresh Indian Kashmir clashes
A teenager was shot dead in Indian-administered Kashmir on Wednesday as thousands of protesters engaged in fresh clashes with security forces after weeks of deadly violence, police and witnesses said. Paramilitary troops fired live rounds as residents demonstrated against an earlier raid by soldiers searching for protest leaders in the northern village of Nadihal, a police officer said on condition of anonymity. “The boy died in the firing. Five other protesters also received bullet injuries,” the officer, who is not authorised to speak to the media, told AFP. Locals said he was aged 18. Protesters also clashed with troops who fired shotgun pellets and tear gas in other areas of the northern Himalayan region including in the main city of Srinagar, another senior police officer and witnesses said. “We have reports about 50 protesters were injured in Anantnag, mostly with pellets,” the police officer said of the southern town. Kashmir has been reeling from almost daily protests against Indian rule since the death of a popular rebel leader on July 8 in a gunbattle with soldiers. Some 70 civilians have been killed and thousands injured in the worst violence to hit the Muslim-majority territory since 2010. Two police officers have also died during the seven weeks of unrest. Residents also set fire on Wednesday to a lawmaker’s house in the southern area of Kulgam as they returned from a rally, a local police officer confirmed. No one was injured in the blaze.
August 31, 2016
Headline: 100,000 Russian troops stationed in Crimea, Donbas and around Ukraine
Headline: Is Russia Conducting A Massive Mobilization Of Troops For An Invasion Of Ukraine?
A new wave of Russian aggression is looming on Ukraine's horizon as Moscow amasses its army in Donbas, Crimea and along the border. Russia has amassed a 100,000 troops in occupied Crimea and separatist-held parts of Donbas as well as along the Ukrainian border. The divisions consist of tanks and airborne brigades, Ukraine's military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in an interview with RFE/RL, according to UNIAN. 'There are some 40,000 troops in Donbas along the northern border and nearly 50,000-60,000 in the east. This group constantly changes and evolves', Lysenko said. He added, approximately 700 tanks were located in militant-controlled bits of Donbas alone. 'Any escalation of the conflict will have bloody consequences both for Russia and our side, so the Russian aggressor is weighing its strength. It is conducting a very thorough reconnaissance,', Lysenko stated. On August 26 President Putin announced sudden combat readiness check of his army.
August 31, 2016
Wars & Rumors of Wars Matthew 24:6 , Revelation 6:3-4 & Revelation 6:8 “ And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Revelation 6:3-4 speaks of the fiery red horse given power to make men slay one another and Revelation 6:8 speaks again of this red horse in conjunction with the pale horse of Death and Hades, as the one that has the power to kill by sword. Prophecy Sign: Weapons of Mass Destruction Zechariah 14:12 “And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.”
Headline: Russian Anti-Access and Area Denial
Russia has altered the security balance in the Black Sea, Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East by establishing large anti-access/area-denial (A2AD) exclusion zones. Russia’s power projection in these regions has been further extended by the deployment of the S-400 air defense system to Crimea in August 2016 and to Syria in November 2015.Advanced air defense systems create A2AD “bubbles” that prevent Russia’s opponents from establishing air supremacy in strategically significant theaters. The Baltic States, much of Ukraine and the Black Sea, northern Poland, Syria and parts of Turkey fall under Russian A2AD bubbles created by S-300 and S-400 air defense systems. Russia operates advanced air defense not only within its own territory, but from sites in Syria and occupied Crimea, as well as cooperatively through the Joint Air Defense Network in Belarus and Armenia. Russia can use these systems to impede the ability of the U.S. to defend its NATO allies by disrupting the ability of US air forces to access conflict zones in the event of a crisis.
August 29, 2016
Headline: North Korea soldiers 'given nuclear backpacks' as tensions rise over US-South Korean military exercises
Elite North Korean soldiers are being armed with “nuclear backpacks”, a source has claimed as tensions increase over the authoritarian state’s attempts at military escalation. An anonymous source told Radio Free Asia special units have been formed since March to carry the weapons and had been taking part in simulated training exercises with dummy bombs. “Outstanding soldiers were selected from each reconnaissance platoon and light infantry brigade to form the nuclear backpack unit the size of a battalion,” the source from North Hamgyong province was quoted as saying. The supposed weapons were said to weigh between 10 and 30 kilograms and be able to “spray radioactive material”, possibly uranium, on the enemy.
August 31, 2016
Aug 29, 2016- Mass die off of fish 'due to pollution' in the River Seyhan, Turkey
Aug 29, 2016- Tens of thousands of fish die in a river in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Vietnam
Aug 29, 2016- Freak lightning storm kills 323 reindeer in Norway
Aug 29, 2016- Large die off of fish, 'a mystery' in a lake in Cordoba, Argentina
Aug 30, 2016- Massive die off of fish in fish farms in Boyolali, Indonesia
Aug 30, 2016- Thousands of dead fish found is 'unprecedented' in a lake in Sverdlovsk, Russia
Aug 30, 2016- 100 tons of fish have died suddenly in Lake Maninjau, West Sumatra, Indonesia
June 23, 2016- Mysterious 'zombie bee' scourge reaches southern US
July 28, 2016- Thousands of dead bees found by bee keeper in Avalats, France
Aug. 29, 2016- Millions of bees dead 'due to insecticide spray' in South Carolina
Pestilence & Plagues Luke 21:11 & Revelation 6:8 “And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.” (Luke) “So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death (Thanatos in Greek meaning the death of the body whether natural or violent), and by the beasts of the earth” (Revelation)
Headline: Zika virus: Singapore confirms 41 locally transmitted cases
Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of the Zika virus which were locally transmitted. Most of those infected were foreign construction workers, and all lived or worked within the same region of the country, said the health ministry. None were known to have travelled to Zika-affected areas recently. Singapore declared its first imported Zika case in May, a 48-year-old local who had travelled to Brazil, where the outbreak started. On Saturday, it announced that a 37-year-old Malaysian woman had contracted the virus locally. She is the only confirmed female case so far. Thirty-six of the 41 cases announced on Sunday were foreign workers who worked in the same construction site. Work at the site has been halted after housekeeping was found to be "unsatisfactory with potential breeding habitats favourable to mosquito breeding". The ministry said in a statement that it could not "rule out further community transmission, since more of those tested positive also live or work in other parts of Singapore". "We expect to identify more positive cases," it added.
August 29, 2016
Persecution Matthew 24:9 & Revelation 6:9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” (Matthew) “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.” (Revelation)
Headline: Experts fear ISIS terrorist knifemen will target Western church for their next attack
Counter-terror experts fear ISIS extremists armed with knives will target a Western church for their next attack. Christian leaders are being warned to increase security and avoid wearing dog collars in public. New counter terrorism advice is being urgently issued to vicars and churches across the UK this week over fears an attack on British religious institutions is now likely. The new measures follow the murder of a priest by two ISIS terrorists in France last month, amid fears the same could now happen in the UK. Experts warn that a terrorist attack on churches "is coming." Places of worship in the UK, which are 'easy targets' for extremists, are now being urged to take precautions and beef up security. A draft of the measures being issued and seen by Mirror Online - called Counter Terrorism Advice for Churches - urges religious leaders to prepare for incidents and to be on alert for attackers, who are likely to be armed with knives.
August 30, 2016
Headline: Christian Leader Arrested in Russia as Law Banning Evangelism Outside of Churches Goes Into Effect
The first reports of Christian leaders being arrested in Russia following the passing of new anti-terrorism laws that ban evangelism outside of churches have started coming in. The Moscow Times reports that Sergei Zhuravlyov, a representative of the Ukrainian Reformed Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior, was arrested earlier this month while he was preaching before the St. Petersburg Messianic Jewish community, and was charged with violating a provision of the law that bans illegal missionary activity. Law enforcement officials later told Interfax news agency that Zhuravlyov is being accused of "fomenting negative attitudes toward the Russian Orthodox Church," and of having ties to the Ukrainian nationalist political party called Right Sector, which is banned in Russia. Ukraine and Russia remain in a state of conflict following the annexation of Crimea in 2014, which has also sparked violent clashes between Russia-backed separatists and government forces in the eastern parts of Ukraine.
August 31, 2016
Matthew 24:7 “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” Luke21:25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring”
Headline: An 'Unprecedented' Pair of Hurricanes Is Churning Toward Hawaii
In what’s being hailed a meteorological first, two back-to-back hurricanes are marching toward Hawaii, both of them threatening torrential rains and rip-roaring winds this week. The closer of the two, hurricane Madeline, could break a second meteorological record as the first hurricane to strike the Big Island since bookkeeping began in 1949. Rumbling west at approximately 9 mph, Madeline is currently packing Category 3 windspeeds of 120 mph. Its latest track has the storm passing south of the Big Island on Thursday, although as meteorologists Bob Henson and Jeff Masters point out over at Weather Underground, it’s too early to rule out the possibility of landfall on the island of Hawai’i. In any case, the storm is expected to bring heavy rains and 40 to 50 mph wind gusts to the island later this week. A hurricane watch is in effect for Hawaii County. “What’s concerning is that even if Madeline stays offshore, that’ll put the Big Island on the righthand side of the storm,” Henson told Gizmodo. “That’s more dangerous because of how winds rotate in a hurricane, and because those winds will be pushing up very high mountain slopes, which will squeeze out a torrential amount of rain.” Following closely on Madeline’s heels is Hurricane Lester, which also wields Category 3 windspeeds and is slowly gaining ground on its sister storm, moving west at 14 mph. Roughly 1,000 miles east of Madeline at the present, Lester is tracking in a more northwesterly direction, and is expected to pass several hundred miles north of Hawaii on Saturday. Nevertheless, this storm could also bring torrential rainfall and powerful surf to towns and cities that haven’t had a moment to catch their breath.
August 30, 2016
Headline: At Least 9 Dead as Typhoon Hits Northern Japan
At least nine elderly people were killed when their nursing home was flooded in northern Japan after Typhoon Lionrock dumped heavy rains on the area. The bodies of all nine residents were found at a nursing home in the town of Iwaizumi in Iwate prefecture, when police were checking another facility in the flooded neighborhood, said Takehiro Hayashijiri, an official at a prefectural disaster management division. Hayashijiri said identity of the bodies or other details, including whereabouts of their caretakers, were not known. NHK said the nursing home was for the residents with dementia. Japan's NHK national broadcaster said authorities have found two more bodies in another town in Iwate. Its footage showed the nursing home partially buried in mud, surrounded by debris apparently washed down from the mountains. A car by the home was turned upside down. "We're making a government-wide effort to assess the extent of damage," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. The government sent Self-Defense Forces to help in the rescue and cleanup of the damage caused by the typhoon.
August 31, 2016