165 mph winds batter the UK Thursday, Dec 8 2011 

Like a woman in labor. The birth pangs start off slow. Then they increase.

Time will tell. Natural disasters like storms and earthquakes will become more and more intense in these final days.

The prophet Isaiah tells about the end of the age:

Isaiah 13:6 Wail, for the day of the LORD is near! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.  

Isaiah 13:7 Therefore all hands will fall limp, And every man’s heart will melt.  

Isaiah 13:8 And they will be terrified, Pains and anguish will take hold of them; They will writhe like a woman in labor, They will look at one another in astonishment, Their faces aflame.  

Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, Cruel, with fury and burning anger, To make the land a desolation; And He will exterminate its sinners from it.

High winds set windmill ablaze.

Waves batter the shore in the UK

 

Too windy for wind turbines! 165mph gales raise MORE questions about wind farms as gusts leave trail of destruction across country

– 300ft high turbine explodes and another collapses
– Huge areas of country brought to a standstill as roads and bridges are closed
– Winds are ranked at maximum force of 12 on Beaufort scale
– Bridge collapses in North Yorkshire
– Environment agency issues 12 alerts on rivers and lakes

Britain was battered by gales of up to 165mph yesterday, leaving a trail of destruction across the country.

In one spectacular incident a 300ft wind turbine exploded in flames as it was buffeted by the high winds.

Another wind turbine was completely blown down on Wednesday, raising questions about whether wind farms were simply unable to cope with the weather.

The appalling conditions brought huge areas of the country to a standstill as lorries were blown over, roads and bridges closed, and ferries cancelled. See more pictures, read article.

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Early season snow buries Washington, DC, New York; Heavy snowfall expected for this weekend Friday, Oct 28 2011 

AccuWeather dot com: Crushing, Cruising Snowstorm to Plaster Northeast Saturday

A foot of heavy wet, back-breaking snow will plaster areas north and west of I-95 Saturday, causing massive power outages, downed trees and travel nightmares.

The storm will hit hard and fast, traveling from southwest to northeast over the mid-Atlantic and New England in less than 24 hours.

The heaviest snow from the storm will stretch from along the Virginia/West Virginia border through a large swath of central and eastern Pennsylvania to southeastern New York state, northwestern New Jersey, northern Connecticut, central and western Massachusetts to southern New Hampshire and southwestern Maine.

Cities that are likely to receive the heaviest snowfall include: Hartford, Conn., Frederick, Md., Worcester, Mass., Nashua, N.H., Netcong, N.J., Newburgh, N.Y., Scranton, Pa., Winchester, Va. and Martinsburg, W.Va.

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Reuters: Record snow again buries Northeast

A thick blanket of snow covered Northeast on Thursday, as the fifth major storm of the winter set snowfall records, delayed the opening of financial markets and clogged Washington highways with abandoned cars.

Snow fell from Virginia to Maine on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, putting additional strain on cities and states already faced with overwhelming budget deficits. Almost 630,000 homes and businesses in the region lost power, but utilities said they hoped to restore electricity to most in the next two days.

The latest storm in an unusually snowy winter even trapped President Barack Obama who was among thousands of motorists on snow-blocked roadways at the height of the storm on Wednesday. Washington drivers reported 45-minute commutes turned into 10-hour nightmares when major thoroughfares became gridlocked with hundreds of abandoned cars.

“It looked like a bumper-car graveyard out there. There were so many abandoned cars, at so many different angles and so many different places on the road,” a listener told Washington’s WTOP radio.

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Pictures of yesterday’s snow in Washington, DC and New York

New York City Street

Washington Monument

White House, Washington, DC

More pictures from CBS News