The year 2021 has added to the already stress-filled and economically-burdened lives of the American people with unusual weather, or as some say natural disasters.
Through June 2021, there have been 28,926 large wildfires in the U.S., according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. This is about 4,000 more wildfires than usual, and the most wildfires to date in any year since 2011.
June has been particularly active, according to weather.com. Evacuations had been ordered due to wildfires in at least 17 different locations as of late June, which include Dalles, Ore.; Spokane, Wash.; Globe, Ariz.; Reno, Nev.; Cedar City, Utah; and numerous cities in Colorado.
According to the Drought Monitor analysis, as of mid-June, the West was suffering its most widespread drought in over 17 years, which contributed to the fires.
As reported in The Final Call Newspaper, September 22, 2020, a warning was shared that is still relevant today. In that issue Christina Muhammad, coordinator for the 10,000 Fearless First Responders out of Austin, Texas, said the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recently warned to watch the weather, referring to the Minister’s lecture on July 4, titled “The Criterion.”
“He said watch the weather. And our eyes may be getting tired and weary. We didn’t realize, when he said watch, how much of a detriment it would be. So here you have hurricanes, flooding on one end and burning on the other end matched together with the Covid-19,” Christina Muhammad said. “Normally you have one at a time or one over here not so bad or one over here, but you got all of the different counterparts coming in, all from the indignation of God Himself. We’re taught He will use all of His forces against America, and this is actually what’s happening.”
On June 19, flash floods hit multiple Central Indiana counties, flooding homes and streets, and leaving one person deceased. The flooding caused power outages and washed out roads, according to the National Weather Service.
Parts of Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky experienced storms on June 18, that brought on four tornadoes. Boone County, Ky., was struck by a small tornado that damaged barns.
Another small tornado moved into northern Butler County, Ohio, uprooting trees.
Ripley County, located in Milan, Ind., experienced a tornado that knocked trees down.
Dearborn County, Ind., experienced a short lived tornado that knocked a tree down.
Tropical storm Claudette left southeastern Louisiana with more than 8 inches of rain and left up to a foot of rain in parts of Mississippi and Alabama. This storm caused dangerous conditions that resulted in a multi-vehicle crash, that killed nine children and an adult, in Butler County, Ala.
The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad stated in his book, “The Fall of America,” chapter 34, titled: “The Judgment of America”: “The four (4) Great Judgments that Allah promises to destroy America with are now coming upon her—hail, snow, rain, drought, earthquake. Allah (God) has reserved His treasures of snow and ice to be used against the wicked country America in the day of battle and war. These are some of Allah’s (God’s) weapons, the storms that we see going on.”
The Northwest region of the United States, which includes Oregon, Washington, and Idaho were all expected to endure triple digit temperatures the last weekend in June. The majority of residents do not have air conditioning in their homes.
CNN reported, “Seattle’s average high in late June is 72 degrees, while Portland typically enjoys 75 degree afternoons this time of year. Forecast models suggest high temperatures could be near or above 100 degrees for the two cities … .”
“Usually, the hottest time of the year in Washington lags a month after the solstice,” Rocco Pelatti, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Spokane, told CNN Weather. “July is usually the hottest month; sometimes, it bleeds into August. To have June start out like it has is very concerning.”
According to kvoa.com based in Tucson Ariz., both the East Coast and West Coast were bracing for more brutally hot temperatures at presstime. Nearly 20 million people in the region are under an excessive heat warning through early July and hundreds of daily high-temperature records were forecast to be broken, the outlet reported. Thousands of people across Washington and Oregon lost power because of the heat. “Cities are setting up cooling centers and opening senior centers, libraries, and community centers for people to cool down,” reported kvoa.com.
Earlier in the month of June, the Mississippi Delta, specifically Mississippi and Alabama, were hard hit with flash floods. Numerous homes and roads were badly damaged and destroyed.
Student Minister Larry Muhammad of Greenville, Miss., stated, “Minister Louis Farrakhan had been telling us what was going to happen. We haven’t really been paying attention to the time, that something was going to creep up on us and after he had warned us, especially us in the Nation. But the general conscience that’s been going around the country we have to start doing for self.
With this flood, several cities in the Delta—Shelby, Miss.; Rosedale, Miss.; Mound Bayou, Miss.; Greenwood, Miss.; and several more cities. Cities have been flooded at a time when the pandemic has happened, which compounded an already bad situation. The elderly in some of these cities never had homeowner’s insurance, so now some of them are living in hotels, and others are living with relatives.
“When the flood hit, many homes were flooded and now mold is throughout the homes. There are situations where the mold is so bad, the homes are uninhabitable. The Red Cross and members of churches have offered to get the mold out, but they can’t repair the areas where the mold was located.”
Larry Muhammad continued, “We are appealing for physical assistance to help with repair or rebuilding these homes. Some of these homes had 2-3 feet of standing water for five days, that really is a problem. It has been reported that some of the hotels are price gouging. Their nightly fees went from $85 to $250, so we are asking for immediate long term help.
The rain came through roofs and damaged ceilings. We are asking for brothers who are skilled in carpentry, brick masonry, piping, plumbing, and electricians. We appreciate the help and support we have received. Student Minister Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad sent food and water. Brother Tedarrell Muhammad donated water as well as a few other people.”
“Ever since the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan mentioned to us to watch the weather, all I can say is, down in Mississippi the flood wiped out bridges, some of the houses had alligators inside them, the people need food and water. Myself and the Believers in Atlanta were able to send a truck load of supplies to help our people.
The chastisement is on America, not just Mississippi, and I’ll say to the people, they better listen to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, who is the mouthpiece of Allah, God, in our midst, because God and the Messenger back him up, and it would be wise if they would listen to him,” stated Min. Sharrieff Muhammad, who is the Southern regional student minister for the Nation of Islam.
The Delta Flood Relief had planned a giveaway of supplies, food and a health fair at Final Call presstime. Kathryn Muhammad of Mound Bayou, Miss., is one of the contact persons for donations and information regarding any updates on reformation in the Mississippi Delta area. She can be reached on Facebook at Hornet Acquisition and Consulting Corporation.
(Shawntell Muhammad can be contacted at [email protected].)