Severe weather can be averted

From about June 1 to November 30 the Caribbean, where I live, is usually faced with severe tropical weather systems, including torrential rainfall and hurricanes or cyclones. These weather events cause tremendous damage to or loss of property through floods and strong winds. People are displaced, livestock lost, and economies disrupted, sometimes resulting in the loss of jobs and businesses.

Every year predictions are made of the number of storms that are expected and how destructive they will be. Additionally, some Christians prophesy destruction sent by God, while others pray with the hope that God is great and can protect us from such terrors.

Recently, our tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique was given a tropical storm warning, which included Trinidad and Tobago to the southeast of us. Radar images suggested the path the system would take, which seemed to be over the islands. Our local meteorological office explained that it wasn’t a storm but a strong tropical wave that would bring high winds, floods, and landslides through that night and over the next two days. Much damage to property was expected. 

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