Residents prepare for the wind of God’s anger (Jeremiah 23)

Two hurricanes could reach the Gulf of Mexico at the same time

Strengthening Hurricane Laura prompts mandatory evacuations along Gulf Coast

Thousands were ordered to evacuate the Texas and Louisiana coasts Tuesday.

By Danielle Wallace | Fox News

Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate the Texas and Louisiana coasts Tuesday as Laura strengthened into a hurricane that forecasters said could slam into land as a major storm with ferocious winds and deadly flooding.

More than 385,000 residents were told to flee the Texas cities of Beaumont, Galveston and Port Arthur, and still more were ordered to evacuate low-lying southwestern Louisiana, where forecasters said more than 11 feet of storm surge topped by waves could submerge entire towns.

“Heads up! Today is the last day to prepare for Hurricane #Laura. Evacuation zones are based on potential storm surge. If an evacuation has been ordered, life-threatening storm surge is expected. Get your loved ones to a safe place…their life depends on it!” the National Weather Service tweeted.

LAURA MOVING ACROSS GULF OF MEXICO, PROMPTING HURRICANE AND STORM SURGE WARNINGS

Laura was upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday and is expected to make landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday as a Category 3 hurricane, with winds of around 115 mph, according to the weather service.

Houston was not placed under an evacuation order as of noon Tuesday, and city officials urged residents to stay off the roadways to create a clear passage for those fleeing the shoreline, KTRK reported. Residents were also urged to fill up their gas tanks as soon as possible and gather enough supplies should they lose power over the next couple of days.

Some residents are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

In Galveston and Port Arthur mandatory evacuation orders went into effect at 6 a.m. Tuesday. People planning on entering official shelters were told to bring just one bag of personal belongings each, and “have a mask” to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Judge Lina Hidalgo emphasized that Laura should not be compared to past hurricanes like Harvey while addressing the media from Houston Transtar on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Hadley Chittum /Houston Chronicle via AP)

Forecasters said ocean water could push onto land along a more than 450-mile-long stretch of coastline from Texas to Mississippi. Hurricane warnings were issued from San Luis Pass, Texas, to Intracoastal City, La.; and storm surge warnings from the Port Arthur flood protection system to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

State emergencies were declared in Louisiana and Mississippi, and shelters opened with cots set farther apart, among other measures designed to curb infections.

Cesar Reyes, right, carries a sheet of plywood to cut to size as he and Robert Aparicio, left, install window coverings at Strand Brass and Christmas on the Strand, 2115 Strand St., in Galveston on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. ( Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

Laura’s unwelcome arrival comes just days before the Aug. 29 anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which breached the levees in New Orleans, flattened much of the Mississippi coast and killed as many as 1,800 people in 2005. Hurricane Rita then struck southwest Louisiana that Sept. 24 as a Category 3 storm.

While crosswinds ripped apart Marco, which still doused the region with heavy rain, there was little to keep Laura from turbocharging. Nearly all the computer simulations that forecasters rely on show rapid strengthening at some point in the next couple of days.

Forecasters turned their attention to the Gulf Coast, where up to 11 feet of seawater — or a storm surge — could inundate the coastline from High Island in Texas to Morgan City, La., the hurricane center said.

On top of that, up to 15 inches of rain could fall in some spots in Louisiana, said Donald Jones, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Lake Charles, La. — in the bullseye of Laura’s projected path.

Laura passed Cuba after killing nearly two dozen people on the island of Hispaniola, including 20 in Haiti and three in the Dominican Republic, where it knocked out power and caused intense flooding. The deaths reportedly included a 10-year-old girl whose home was hit by a tree and a mother and young son crushed by a collapsing wall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Iran flexes her nuclear muscle

International Retaliation to Trump's Lash-out on Iran Nuclear Deal ...

Iran pledges to expand nuclear cooperation after IAEA rebuke

By ARSALAN SHAHLA AND PATRICK SYKES | Bloomberg | Published: August 25, 2020

Iran vowed to expand its cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors weeks after being rebuked by the body for failing to provide access to two sites suspected of hosting past nuclear activity.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said talks with visiting IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi were “very constructive” and the start of a “new era,” the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Grossi, who’s on his first trip to Tehran since being appointed, tweeted that the IAEA and Iran were “working on reaching an agreement” on inspections.

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The U.S. seized on the June resolution admonishing Iran as further evidence of deception over its nuclear ambitions. European powers voted with the Americans but stood by their engagement with Tehran and opposition to the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” strategy that’s reimposed U.S. sanctions on the country.

Grossi is expecting to gain access to the two locations, which monitors think might have housed small-scale research some two decades ago. In 2018, Israel said it found documents that proved Iran had a secret program to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has rejected the claims as “lies” and part of a matter that the agency had dealt with at the time. IAEA monitors said they independently corroborated sufficient information to warrant a visit.

At a separate news conference in Tehran, government spokesman Ali Rabiei said officials would address “false information and forged documents” presented by Israel in meetings with Grossi.

Iran’s nuclear program has been subject to the most stringent inspections regime in the IAEA’s history. Under the terms of the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal, it scaled back its atomic activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

But after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the accord in 2018 and reimposed tough sanctions, Tehran began flouting limits on its uranium enrichment.

Grossi arrived a day after Iran said that a July 2 blast at a compound near its largest enrichment facility in Natanz was a deliberate “act of sabotage.” Iran hasn’t said who it thinks targeted the site.

Russia sends a nuclear warning to Babylon the Great

New Video Shows Largest Hydrogen Bomb Ever Exploded

By William J. Broad

Aug. 25, 2020, 12:58 p.m. ET

A Russian nuclear energy agency released formerly classified footage of the Soviet Union’s 1961 Tsar Bomba test.A still image from a 30-minute, previously secret documentary on the largest hydrogen bomb ever detonated.Rosatom

Hydrogen bombs — the world’s deadliest weapons — have no theoretical size limit. The more fuel, the bigger the explosion. When the United States in 1952 detonated the world’s first, its destructive force was 700 times as great as that of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

And in the darkest days of the Cold War, the Soviets and the Americans didn’t only compete to build the most weapons. They each sought at times to build the biggest bomb of all.

“There was a megatonnage race — who was going to have a bigger bomb,” said Robert S. Norris, a historian of the atomic age. “And the Soviets won.”

Last week, the Russian nuclear energy agency, Rosatom, released a 30-minute, formerly secret documentary video about the world’s largest hydrogen bomb detonation. The explosive force of the device — nicknamed Tsar Bomba, or the Tsar’s bomb, and set off on Oct. 30, 1961 — was 50 megatons, or the equivalent of 50 million tons of conventional explosive. That made it 3,333 times as destructive as the weapon used on Hiroshima, Japan, and also far more powerful than the 15 megaton weapon set off by the United States in 1954 in its largest hydrogen bomb blast.

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From several angles and distances, the video shows the development of the weapon’s gargantuan mushroom cloud, hinting at the bomb’s churning power and apocalyptic force.

Russia has previously released photos and video clips of the device, known officially as RDS-220. The Barents Observer, a publication in Norway, earlier reported on the video’s full release. It features closed captions in English, as well as surges of triumphal music.

“Top secret,” reads the opening caption.

In an interview, Alex Wellerstein, a nuclear historian at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., called the release “a nice addition” to the growing body of public information. He said the bomb’s description in the video documentary was much fuller than the public would normally receive, but nonetheless carefully avoided the secret technical details “despite appearing to show the innards.”

Dr. Norris, the author of “Racing for the Bomb,” cited formerly classified American documents that revealed the largely dismissive reaction of American military officials to the colossal blast.

Roswell L. Gilpatric, the deputy secretary of defense in 1961, said in a speech just days before the giant Soviet test that American nuclear experts had judged the military value of such a blockbuster “so questionable that it was not worth developing.”

The mushroom cloud from the bomb’s detonation was so large that the Soviet photographers had a hard time capturing its full dimensions. Rosatom

A top-secret document written in July 1963, nearly two years after the blast, noted that “the United States presently has the capability of designing” a weapon of such destructive force.

It never appeared.

Over decades, the big challenge for the makers of the nation’s nuclear arsenal (as well as Russia’s) turned out to be devising not big hydrogen bombs but small ones, which were judged as more useful for targeted attacks. Miniaturization let hydrogen bombs be made small enough so that many warheads could fit atop a single missile (putting many cities simultaneously at risk) or that they could be sent into war aboard trucks, submarines and other non-aerial platforms.

The secrets of miniaturization proved so remarkably difficult to master that they eventually became the stuff of spy scandals.

Still, as Dr. Norris put it, history has long credited the Russians for creating and demonstrating the fearsome power of “the big one” and providing a terrifying object lesson in why hydrogen weapons, as a category, are known as unthinkable.

Atomic Past, Present and Future

William J. Broad is a science journalist and senior writer. He joined The Times in 1983, and has shared two Pulitzer Prizes with his colleagues, as well as an Emmy Award and a DuPont Award. @WilliamJBroad

More Iranian Nuclear Lies (Daniel 8:4)

Iran FM cites Khamenei fatwa not to develop nuclear weapons

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow, Russia on 21 July 2020. [Russian Foreign Ministry – Anadolu Agency]

August 25, 2020 at 11:01 am

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said yesterday that his country did not and will not seek to develop nuclear weapons based on a religious fatwa issued by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Zarif told reporters that Tehran “believes that nuclear weapons are harmful to our country based on religious belief and strategic issues, and it is legally forbidden by the supreme guide’s fatwa”.

“The trigger mechanism is a false expression mentioned by the US and as 13 other countries declared their opposition and the fact that the US has no right to use this mechanism,” Zarif said, stressing that the upcoming visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s chief to Tehran has no connection with activating the trigger mechanism by Washington.

Zarif accused the United States and Israel of undermining regional and global security through their possession of nuclear weapons, as well as their opposition to the IAEA objectives.

“Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA is based on the principle of transparency, and we do not seek to possess nuclear weapons,” the Iranian minister said.

China and Pakistan team up before the first nuclear war (Revelation 8 )

World War 3 panic as China and Pakistan team up – major move sparks alarm in India

WORLD WAR THREE fears are mounting after China sold a fearsome warship to Pakistan amid furious border clashes between India and the two countries.

By Grace MacRae 13:51, Mon, Aug 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:51, Mon, Aug 24, 2020

India is currently locked in furious disagreement with both China and Pakistan over disputed boundaries. India has been closely monitoring the military cooperation between its two hostile neighbours as China helps strengthen Pakistan’s naval forces.

Experts have long feared the conflicts between India and its rivals could escalate into a nuclear conflict.

Now China is helping to strengthen Pakistan’s naval fleet with a new warship that will double the combat power of the Pakistani Navy’s surface fleet.

Tensions could boil over between the three countries as India’s naval fleet becomes increasingly under threat.

The warship will be the first of four sophisticated naval platforms sold to Pakistan by China as the two countries strengthen ties.

World War 3: India is currently locked in furious disagreement with both China and Pakistan over disputed boundaries (Image: GETTY)

The warship is a type 054A/P guided missile frigate, the largest combat ship China has sold to a foreign navy.

Type 054A is the most advanced warship of its kind in service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy.

The warship has a fully loaded displacement of about 4,000 metric tons and is equipped with advanced radars and missiles.

The warship has been dubbed “the backbone” of the People’s Liberation Army Navy fleet.

World War 3: Experts have long feared the conflicts between India and its rivals could escalate into a nuclear conflict (Image: GETTY)

According to naval tracking technology website navalnews.com, it has a length of 134 meters, a beam of 16 meters for a displacement of 4,000 tons.

Cao Weidong, a senior researcher at the PLA’s Naval Military Studies Research Institute, told the publication it appeared all weapons and radars on the new ship will be made in China.

He said this “reflects our progress in the industry and the Pakistani Navy’s confidence in our technology and capability”.

The launch of the ship is said to be “an important milestone” for China’s military export sector.

World War 3: The warship will be the first of four sophisticated naval platforms sold to Pakistan by China as the two countries strengthen ties (Image: GETTY)

World War 3: The warship has been dubbed “the backbone” of the People’s Liberation Army Navy fleet (Image: GETTY)

The new vessel will double the combat power of the Pakistani Navy’s surface fleet, Chinese state media claimed.

Pakistan’s naval fleet will expand greatly by 2021, with three more similar warships set to join the fleet.

The Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai held the launch ceremony for the advanced warship.

Top officials and naval officers attended the function according to local reports.

World War 3: The four biggest conflicts in the world (Image: EXPRESS)

The ship launch took place two days after Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi discussed the situation in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

This is the second of two meetings between the foreign ministers.

President Xi Jinping called Pakistan a “good brother” and a “good partner” in a recorded message to his counterpart President Arif Alvi after the meeting.

This comes after the two countries announced they would be working together on rail and power projects to boost the economy.

World War 3: The warship has a fully loaded displacement of about 4,000 metric tons and is equipped with advanced radars and missiles (Image: GETTY)

China confirmed it will push on with rail and power projects agreed with Pakistan in order to revitalise the state’s economy.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project is worth £47billion and is part of China’s global initiative to build infrastructure and influence across the world.

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi met with his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday to agree to push ahead with the project which was initially agreed seven years ago.

China is helping Saudi Arabia become a Nuclear Horn (Daniel 7)

Report: China helped Saudi Arabia build a nuclear facility to process yellowcake uranium

Saudi Arabia has reportedly accepted Chinese help in creating a new facility for extracting yellowcake from uranium ore, according to western intelligence officials who spoke with the Wall Street Journal.

The Saudi Arabian facility alleged to be handing the yellowcake uranium, an intermediate component of nuclear development, is located in area in Saudi Arabia’s northwest. Saudi Arabia has not confirmed or publicly disclosed the alleged nuclear facility and western officials believe the facility was established with secretive Chinese help.

Yellowcake processing could be indicative of Saudi moves to develop nuclear power or a nuclear weapon. Saudi Arabia has raised concerns about Iran’s potential for developing nuclear weapons. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman warned in 2018 “if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.”

Indications China participated in the development of the yellowcake facility could also raise concerns.

A State Department official declined to provide a specific comment about the nuclear development allegations, but the official did tell the Journal that the U.S. has warned its partners against working with China’s civilian nuclear establishment.

It is not entirely clear which Chinese entities participated in building the alleged Saudi nuclear facility, but the state-owned China National Nuclear Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia in 2017 to help explore its uranium deposits. Saudi Arabia has also formed agreements with the state-owned China Nuclear Engineering Group Corp. and Riyadh and Beijing did sign onto a 2012 pact to cooperate on developing peaceful uses for nuclear energy.

In a statement to the Journal, the Saudi Energy Ministry “categorically” denied the creation of the yellowcake facility, but said mineral extraction, including uranium extraction, is part of the country’s economic strategy. The Saudi government statement did acknowledge working with China on uranium exploration but declined to elaborate further.

Saudi Arabia does not have any known nuclear weapons program, nor does it officially have any operating nuclear reactors or capacity to enrich uranium, though the Saudi government has expressed interest in acquiring nuclear power to generate power and reduce reliance on its oil.

Nuclear nonproliferation experts told the Journal a Saudi Arabian yellowcake facility would not violate any international agreements the Saudi government has signed. Saudi Arabia has only agreed to a small number of limits on nuclear development, such as an outdated version of the Small Quantities Protocol, which does not require signatories to disclose yellowcake facilities.

President Donald Trump’s administration has suggested selling nuclear reactors and equipment to Saudi Arabia, but U.S. arms-control negotiator Marshall Billingslea also said at a July 21, hearing that the U.S. would not take such action until Saudi Arabia agrees to requirements, referred to as the “Gold Standard,” which establish nuclear safeguards and prohibit to development of nuclear weapons.

Saudi efforts to expand their nuclear capabilities may represent a “longer-term hedge against a nuclear Iran,” Ian Stewart, of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, told the Journal. Stewart also said a yellowcake facility is “another step in the direction of having an indigenous uranium enrichment program.”

Olli Heinonen, the former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), also told the Journal that a yellowcake facility is indicative of Saudi efforts to keep the option of a nuclear Saudi Arabia open.

Heinonen said if Saudi Arabia’s intentions with its nuclear program are peaceful, they should disclose their nuclear facilities.

“Where is the transparency?” Heinonen asked. “If you claim your program is peaceful, why not show what you have?”

Closure of border crossing by Israel incurs heavy losses outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Closure of border crossing by Israel incurs heavy losses on Gaza Strip

Israeli soldiers take position as Palestinians protest on the Israel Gaza Strip Border | Photo: AP/PTI

A Palestinian committee has said that the closure of Kerem Shalom, the only commercial crossing on the borders between southern Gaza Strip and Israel, has incurred substantial losses on the blockaded coastal enclave.

Jamal al-Khudari, chairman of the Popular Committee to Challenge the Israeli Siege, said in a statement on Sunday that “Israel is escalating its illegal measure against the strip and preventing the entry of goods, fuel and building materials”, reports Xinhua news agency.

The further Israeli measures represent a grave danger to all commercial and industrial sectors in the impoverished coastal enclave,” he added, stressing all Palestinians will be affected by the “collective punishments” imposed by Israel.

The chairman pointed out that the humanitarian situation in Gaza has been deteriorating, noting that 80 per cent of the people live under the poverty line, while the rate of unemployment has reached 60 per cent.

Last week, the Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority (PNERA) had warned that the Gaza Strip’s only power plant would run out of fuel due to the closure of the crossing.

Power supply deficit in the coastal enclave is over 75 per cent, according to the statement by PNERA, which could cripple all aspects of life in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

On August 11, Israel closed the crossing after militants in the besieged Palestinian enclave launched incendiary balloons into Israeli territory.

In this attack, there were more than 30 fires.

Launching incendiary balloons into Israel caused large fires in the agricultural fields and farms in southern Israel and the vicinity of the border areas between Gaza and Israel.

Besides closing the border crossing, Israel has also halted fuel supply and reduced Gaza’s fishing zone in retaliation.

The Israeli government has held the Islamic Hamas movement responsible for launching the balloons that caused fear to the populations and severe damage to the agriculture sector.

–IANS