A Kingdom Without End by Larry Wynn

DANIEL 2:31ff
APRIL 28, 1996



ILLUSTRATION: For the first time, a storm passed directly over the National
Hurricane Warning Service Coral Gables, and it ripped the radar array from the
top of the six-story structure. The center's anemometer was destroyed shortly
after it recorded 164-mile-per-hour winds with wind gusts off the scale. The
winds that blasted the tip of Florida left thirty-three people dead, destroyed more
than sixty-three thousand homes, left 1.3 million people without water or
electricity, and did more than $30 billion in damage. But it didn't stop there.

Twenty-three years earlier, in Pass Christian,
Mississippi, a group of people were preparing to have a "hurricane party" in the
face of a storm name Camille. Were they ignorant of the dangers? Could they
have been overconfident? Did they let their egos and pride influence their
decision? We'll never know.

What we do know is that the wind was howling outside the posh Richelieu
Apartments when Police Chief Jerry Peralta pulled up sometime after dark.
Facing the beach less than 250 feet from the surf, the apartments were directly
in the line of danger. A man with a drink in his hand came out on the second-
floor balcony and waved. Peralta yelled up. "You all need to clear out of here as
quickly as you can. The storm's getting worse." But as others joined the man on
the balcony, they just laughed at Peralta's order to leave.

It was 10:15 p.m. when the front wall of the storm cams ashore. Scientist
clocked Camille's wind speed at more than 205 miles per hour, the strongest on
record. Raindrops ...

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