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Nicholas is now a hurricane that threatens the Texas coast with heavy rain and storm surges

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Tropical storm Nicholas hit Texas and parts of Louisiana with heavy rain, power outages and the threat of flash floods as well as storm surges Tuesday morning as it moved inland from the Gulf Coast.

Nicholas strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall overnight on the eastern part of Texas’ Matagorda Peninsula with 75 mph winds and the prospect of up to 18 inches of rain, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It was downgraded to a tropical storm at 5 a.m. ET Tuesday but still had the power to cause “life-threatening flash floods in the deep south in the next couple of days,” the hurricane center said. The storm, which had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, was about 15 miles south-southwest of Houston and about 90 miles west-southwest of Beaumont, Texas, according to an 8 a.m. ET update.

Harris County, which includes Houston and is one of the most populous counties in the country, was bracing for severe rainfall and disruption, with warnings of possible flooding in the county’s southeast.

The same flash flood warning covered parts of Brazoria County, Chambers County and Galveston County, where heavy rainfall continued to fall overnight.

A storm surge warning was also issued by the National Weather Service early Tuesday along the Texas coastline from Sargent to Sabine Pass, including Galveston Bay.

More than 470,000 customers were without power in Texas in addition to 95,000 in Louisiana, just after 8 a.m.

In Houston, where a large number of flights were canceled, officials had earlier urged everyone to be off the streets by nightfall.

Pop star Harry Styles postponed Monday night’s planned concert at Houston’s Toyota Center, which Mayor Sylvester Turner said underscored the gravity of the storm. Houston’s school district canceled classes for Tuesday because of weather.

“Safety must take priority, so please go home and be safe,” Styles tweeted about the concert.

Hurricane warnings were in place from Port O’Connor to Freeport, which is on the coast south of Galveston, early Tuesday and a hurricane watch extended to San Luis Pass.

Tropical storm warnings covered from north of Port Aransas to Port O’Connor and from around Freeport to the Louisiana border, and a storm surge warning was in place from Port O’Connor to Louisiana.

Rainfall rates could be 3 to 4 inches per hour under the heaviest rain bands. Infrastructure has a tough time dealing with such intense rainfall rates, likely leading to significant flash flooding especially in urban areas.

Officials urged people to never drive through floodwaters, especially at night, which is often a cause of drownings following storms.

Ahead of landfall, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an emergency declaration for 17 counties in the storm’s path.

“Texans throughout the Gulf Coast should prepare now for the impact of Tropical Storm Nicholas, which is expected to bring severe rain and flooding to these communities,” he said in a press release.

Turner, the Houston mayor, said rain posed the biggest threat to the city and requested that motorists be off the roadways by nightfall.

Turner advised anyone driving to turn around instead of driving through high water or past a street barricade. “They’re there for your protection,” he said.

United Airlines and Southwest Airlines canceled all flights out of Corpus Christi International Airport for 24 hours due to “deteriorating weather conditions,” a city spokesperson said in a press release.

The flood threat then shifts into Louisiana on Tuesday and Wednesday, including for areas still cleaning up from Hurricane Ida.

Storm total rainfall through midweek could be extreme in some cases. For the middle and upper Texas coast, 6 to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 18 inches possible, the hurricane center said. Across the rest of coastal Texas into southwest Louisiana, totals could be 4 to 8 inches with locally higher amounts.

Life-threatening storm surge will also be possible for parts of the immediate Texas coast, with a maximum of 3-5 feet possible.

When Nicholas was named Sunday, it became the 14th named storm of the 2021 season, matching the climatological average number of named storms per season.

Only four other years in the satellite era (back to 1966) have had 14 storms by Sept. 12 and those were 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2020.

Nicholas was the eighth storm to make landfall on the United States so far this year.

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Taliban are carrying out mass executions, says Christian missionary helping Afghans

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Less than a month after the U.S. troops withdrew troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban have started arresting, and in some instances executing, people they perceive as their enemies. Recent photos and video suggest they’re killing as many as 30 to 40 at a time, Christian missionary David Eubank, a former U.S. Army Special Forces and Ranger officer, said in a media interview.

The way the United States pulled out is “dishonorable, and a horrible breaking of promises … and leaving thousands of people behind that we promised we’d take out with us including American citizens,” Eubank, who is from Free Burma Rangers and provides humanitarian services in war-torn areas, told CBN News.

In some instances, the pull-out has been “cowardly,” he continued, speaking from Tajikistan, which neighbors Afghanistan and where many Afghans are arriving after fleeing the Taliban.

“Taliban are hunting down people right now, trying to get all the names of anyone they perceive as an enemy,” Eubank said, adding that the enemies include “people who work with the U.S. government, people who are with other governments, people who work with non-governmental organizations they don’t agree with.”

Eubank, who is in Tajikistan to help Afghans, also said that “many have been executed. … I’ve seen recent photos of 30 to 40 people [being executed].”

Eubank clarified that he doesn’t know the scale of the killings or the arrests, “but I believe it’s countrywide now.”

The Taliban are allowing American citizens who have identity cards to escape, he continued, adding that “anyone who doesn’t have papers, anyone they perceive as an enemy, they are going to arrest them, and, in many cases, execute them.”

The people in Afghanistan “are in terror,” Eubank added.

According to its website, Free Burma Rangers have helped 1.5 million displaced persons to date who would have otherwise died.

In an interview with The Christian Post last year, Eubank shared: “I am motivated by what Jesus does for me and want to share His love and encourage people to follow Him. We are not to be led by comfort, fear or pride, but go in the love God gives us. We go into areas of direct combat to save lives and share love.”

Following the drawing down of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the Taliban quickly seized control of much of the country, taking the capital Kabul last month and forcing the government to flee.

The U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern warned last week that as the Taliban is cracking down on protests and journalists, concerns are also being raised among religious minorities of increased oppression and persecution because the Taliban have promised strict enforcement of Sharia law.

Almost all Afghan Christians — estimated to be between 8,000 and 12,000 — are converts from Islam and remain largely closeted and hidden from the public eye due to severe persecution.

“Their status as converts makes Afghan Christians direct targets for persecution by both extremist groups and society in general,” ICC reports. “In Afghanistan, leaving Islam is considered extremely shameful and converts can face dire consequences if their conversion is discovered.”
Sources:Christian Post

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ICC report on religious persecution of Christians in China over the past year

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International Christian Concern (ICC) has just published a new report on persecution in China. In it, ICC lists and analyzes over 100 incidents of Christian persecution between July 2020 and June 2021, a period marked by a significant campaign by the Chinese government to forcefully convert independent religious organizations into mechanisms of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

This forceful assimilation—also called Sinicization—has continued to intensify since it was introduced as part of the Four Requirements campaign launched in 2018. Since then, the government has only increased its attempts to use the Church for political purposes. It has gone as far as converting church buildings into propaganda centers and even regulating the content of sermons in order to promote communist party values.

Three-Self churches are part of the legal framework the CCP uses to systemically curb Christianity, including Catholicism. If a church is not registered as a state-sanctioned church, it is violating the law and the CCP can step in at any time to shut it down, prosecute individuals, and put enormous social pressure on attendees. As described in last year’s report, registered churches are at the mercy of laws that were passed entirely in contradiction to the constitution and enforced by multiple departments, bureaus, and agencies using them to suppress house church activity.

A significant trend throughout the past year was church raids. In them, not only were churches shut down or demolished, but pastors and church attendees were often arrested. One example of a church raid was in September 2020, in Sichuan province, when China’s Public Security Bureau of Nanbu deployed over 30 police officers to raid an underground Protestant house church, known as Sola Fide. When police arrived on the scene, they arrested 50 Sola Fide members. Throughout this process, the police tore down crosses and other Christian symbols and destroyed hymnals and Bibles.

With the intensified crackdown against churches, both state-vetted and underground, there is no longer a safe place to be a Christian in China. Almost every province in China has seen an increase in Christian persecution over the last year.

The Religious Affairs Bureau and the CCP have a single goal: to prevent religious influence from threatening their communist control.

Gina Goh, ICC’s Regional Manager for Southeast Asia, said, “China tightening down on people of faith comes as no surprise to observers. What is concerning is the depth and width of persecution and that it continues to expand. From Xinjiang to Sichuan, from state-sanctioned groups to underground churches, from verbal threats to imprisonment, believers in China are constantly watched and persecuted, as documented in ICC’s latest incident report. The international community should not appease Beijing and let it get away with its blatant disregard for human rights.”

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