Sunday, May 22, 2011, a vicious EF-5 tornado, packing winds in excess of 200 mph, cut a three-quarter mile wide and six-mile long swath through the city of Joplin, Mo., leaving 136 confirmed dead, an estimated 750 others injured, and some 150 unaccounted for in its wake (at time of publication).1 It was the deadliest since the beginning of modern recordkeeping in 1950 and is ranked 8th among the deadliest tornadoes in all of U.S. history.
The deadliest of all tornadoes on record in the U.S., also an F5, referred to as, “The Tri-State Tornado” (MO, IL, IN), occurred March 18, 1925, is believed to have had an on-ground path 291-miles long, and produced 695 fatalities.
Two days after the Joplin tornado, on May 24, 2011, multiple deadly tornadoes claimed another 18 lives in Oklahoma (10), Kansas (2), and Arkansas (6).
The National Weather Service’s preliminary estimate is that more than 180 tornadoes have occurred so far during the month of May 2011. Historically, May is the most active month for tornadoes in the U.S., averaging 298 for the month over the previous decade, for which the overall yearly average was 1,274 tornadoes. Before 2011, most tornadoes in a single year in the U.S. was 1,817 in 2004. The NWS’s preliminary estimate is that 1,228 tornadoes have occurred to date this year, which claimed an estimated 508 lives in total, 365 prior to the Joplin catastrophe.
The exponential increase in tornadoes we are seeing in these times parallel the exponential increase in global earthquake frequency, and combined with the upsurge in tsunamis and other weather related phenomena occurring with unprecedented recurrence correspond precisely with Jesus’ predictions of world events that would manifest in the end-times and serve as signs of the times.
The day after the Joplin tornado, we received the following article from frequent contributor, Charles Carrin, concerning the increase in earthquake frequency and how it is a sign of the times. Continue reading “Earthquakes–A Sign Of The Times” »