Tracking Hurricane Dean

Posted by Kendall Harmon

It looks fearsome.

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Posted August 18, 2007 at 9:34 am

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1. Wilfred wrote:

Dean! Yeeeearrrrrrgh!!!!

August 18, 9:44 am | [comment link]
2. MikeS wrote:

Taking a break from the lightning and rain for a couple of hours.  Surprised we have Internet access, even though we are getting off very, very lightly because we are out of the wind cone.  As I look out my windows, I can see the edge of the storm from one horizon to the next.  It is huge.

People need to pray for Jamaica and the Caymans.  The islands of St Lucia, Martinique and Dominca got pounded hard, but there was not a lot of loss of life.  Reports are on the news here that not many trees are standing on St. Lucia.

Jamaica and the Caymans will get a direct hit with a cat 4-5 tonight and tomorrow.  As we know there are lot of people are in the way.

All of my friends from those places checked in with family yesterday and found their families are panic-stricken.  I would not be surprised that a lot of churches are going to be overwhelmed with this on all of those islands.  Even near the tourist areas, these are not places with lots of resources and wealth.

August 18, 11:07 am | [comment link]
3. In Texas wrote:

It looks like Houston dropped out of the long range zone of potential land fall.  Right now we are getting more thunderstorms.  The past two months it has just rained and rained.

August 18, 11:29 am | [comment link]
4. Words Matter wrote:

Well, if you Houston folk need it, we’re getting the shelters ready up here in Fort Worth/Dallas area.  Now if you can just get up I-45…

Words Matter

Reasonable people always fear nascent fascism.

August 18, 12:51 pm | [comment link]
5. In Texas wrote:

Words Matter - thanks, got the oil changed and the tires checked on the SUV, have the dogs latests shot records, dog food, doggie downers for the car trip, important documents in the portable file folder - ready to go to Dallas if needed.  I have the good fortune that my corporate head quarters is in Dallas, and since I am a corporate employee, I can head to Dallas and work from there.  Since my wife is disabled, and our house is in a mandatory hurricane evacuation area, we get to leave first in the evaculation schedule.

For Rita, we left 4 hours early, so it only took us 8.5 hours for the normal 5 hours to Dallas.  My in-laws would not listen and leave early, and they took 26 hours!  This time they are getting ready early, if needed.

August 18, 2:48 pm | [comment link]
6. Karen B. wrote:

Dean looks like it could be absolutely catastrophic for Jamaica.  May hit as a very strong Cat 4 or even Cat 5.  Tonight I’m worried also about Haiti and the Dominican Republic as Dean seems to have moved a bit northward.  If Dean goes north of Jamaica, it’s good for Jamaica as the storm’s north side is always the worst, but it would be catastrophic for Haiti.  There doesn’t seem to be a good scenario at the moment, unless passing well south of Jamaica and then fizzling or hitting somewhere very sparsely populated…

Prayers ascending for all in its path in the Caribbean, and for those who may be in its path in Texas.

Back in 2005 we posted a LOT of hurricane prayers on Lent & Beyond.  Unfortunately L&B;is down right now, (we’re working on switching to our backup site, perhaps as a full-time site this weekend…. stay tuned for more news, perhaps tomorrow.)  Here are some of the hurricane prayers I found most helpful:

First:  a litany

L: Lord, have mercy.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: Christ, have mercy.
C: Christ, have mercy.

L: Lord, have mercy.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: In the face of peril and apprehension, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: In the face of mighty winds, thunderous sounds, strong rains, and surging waves, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: In the face of complete uncertainty, as well as concern for our loved ones, here or elsewhere, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: In the face of our own vulnerable mortality, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For the strength that God alone can give us, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For all that it takes to keep our children calm and safe, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For faith that can move mountains and remove all fear, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For trust in God’s loving presence in our midst, even at this very hour, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For trust that in life and in death, God will not abandon us, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: Almighty God, we poor creatures place our lives into your hands that you might protect and guide us according to your will; Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear, our prayer.

L: Do not hold our sins against us, but remember us in our faith and love for you; Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear, our prayer.

L: Be our light in the darkness, our hope in the storm, our peace in the chaos, our trust in the unknown; Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear, our prayer.

L: Mighty are your works, O Lord, and mighty is your saving hand. Turn your ear to our petitions and supplications; Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear, our prayer.

L: God of heaven and earth, God who carries our lives and the lives of our whole community in your hands, be with is in the peril of this day/night. Help us to release our anxieties and fears into those same caring hands, knowing in faith that your will for us is life and everlasting good. Send your holy angels to watch over us and guard us. May they spread their holy wings to give us shelter against the storm. For you alone, O God, are all good, all life, all love, and that love is for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen

And a few other prayers:

God of heaven and earth, God who carries our lives and the lives of our whole community in Your hands, be with us in the peril of this day/night. Help us to release our anxieties and fears into those same caring hands, knowing in faith that Your will for us is life and everlasting good. Send Your holy angels to watch over us and guard us. May they spread their holy wings to give us shelter against the storm. For you alone, O God, are all good, all life, all love, and that love is for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, King of the Universe, master of the winds and the rain, be with those this day who are facing the hurricane’s wrath. Succor those who are in fright, be with those who are trying to save lives, open the hands of those whose generosity is needed to help. O Lord, Master of the wind and the rain, be with those, and if possible, let this storm weaken. Remember we are your children. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

and this is perhaps more geared to the aftermath & rebuilding following a storm…

Lord, God of the Universe, creator and sustainer of all life,
Grant us the serenity to respond to disaster in bold faith, seeking not certainty, but rather the assurance of your abiding presence. Grant us hope when we spiral into despair and fill our broken hearts with the love with which you surround us. As we rebuild, guide each hammer and nail with a ring of hope; bless each bandage and conversation with the balm of healing, and strengthen each resolve with the blessed assurance that all manner of thing shall be well, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

August 18, 3:30 pm | [comment link]
7. teatime wrote:

Doubtful that Houston will get hit but Brownsville, TX, may. That city has the lowest per capita income (and highest rate of poverty) in the country so the effects would be like Katrina’s. I’m making preparations and keeping in contact with a good friend in Brownsville so she and her daughter can come here if they need to leave. The mayor there has already called for voluntary evacuation.

Indeed, we must pray for all in Dean’s path.

August 19, 1:47 am | [comment link]


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