Harvey and Irma, Married 75 Years, Can't Believe They're Both Hurricanes
The couple, aged 104 (him) and 93 (her), are marveling at the fact that two consecutive hurricanes bear their names.
“I don’t know how they’ve done that, to have a Harvey and Irma,” Irma told The New York Times. “I don’t know how that worked out.”
It happened thanks to the World Meteorological Association’s process for naming hurricanes. Back in 1979, the association developed an alphabetical list of 21 names that rotate every six years.
Harvey has been a storm name since 1981. There have been six total storms that meteorologists have referred to as Harvey in the name’s 36-year hurricane history. However this is the first year that the World Meteorological Association has used Irma. It was used to replace Irene, the name of a devastating hurricane that hit the eastern coast in 2011.
Given the ferocity of both hurricanes Harvey and Irma, this is likely to be the last time the two names will be used for tropical storms.
The couple lives in a suburb of Spokane, Washington, and has never experienced a hurricane firsthand. But the story gets much more adorable: In their 75 years together, they have opened their home to 120 foster children. He became a barber after serving in the military and they taught Sunday school classes together.
Now we’re waiting to find a couple named José and Katia with an equally incredible life story.