Washington couple celebrating 75 years of marriage — Meet Harvey & Irma

11 Septembre, 2017, 01:54 | Auteur: Ruben Ruiz
  • Harvey and Irma, Married 75 Years, Marvel at the Storms Bearing Their Names

The couple have dodged a few hurricanes in their day while traveling the country, but nothing like what they expect the people of the southeast and in Texas are going through.

The pair, 104 and 92 respectively, were left questioning why their names have appeared one after another this time.

Harvey and Irma said they have never considered themselves to resemble a hurricane, they said this will be an unusual memory to share together. And heat is the fuel that takes garden-variety storms and supercharges them.

Turns out, Harvey was that soldier and the two would later marry in 1942. Warm air can "hold" more water: water vapour is predicted to increase by 7% for every degree centigrade of warming so when hurricanes hit, they bring much more rain meaning more flooding.

A warning, though: it's very hard to apply general models of climate change to a specific hurricane like Irma. The World Meteorological Organization alternates men's and women's names in alphabetical order for Atlantic storms.

"The long-run effect of these disasters, unfortunately, is it actually lifts economic activity because you have to rebuild all the things that have been damaged by the storms", New York Federal Reserve William Dudley said in an interview just before Irma struck. Harvey served in the Army, owned his own barber shop, plays the banjo, and taught Sunday school alongside Irma, who was also active in their local church. "As we found in 2008, giving companies unlimited license to make private profits while society underwrites the risk ends badly for everyone".

Harvey and Irma, Married 75 Years, Marvel at the Storms Bearing Their Names
Married for 75 years, Harvey and Irma amazed by hurricanes bearing their names

"I remember the first airplane I saw", Irma said. At one point, the storm exhibited 185 m.p.h. sustained winds - easily Category 5 strength - and provided stunning satellite imagery of a structure more reminiscent of a Pacific super typhoon (ironically, the typically busy Pacific is currently without a single named storm).

As a Washington resident, the Schluters haven't been directly affected by the hurricanes.

The name Harvey has been used to name seven storms.

"Each one has got to have love", Harvey said. They lived on the farms, and the neighbor lived on a farm too.

As devastating as Hurricane Irma is, worse is likely to come.

"I don't know how they've done that, to have a Harvey and Irma", Irma Schluter said. "They were interesting little people".