Couple, married 75 years, share names with hurricanes Harvey, Irma

Violet Powell
September 10, 2017

As Texas reels from Hurricane Harvey and Florida prepares for Hurricane Irma to strike this weekend, a couple living thousands of kilometres away is coming to terms with their own odd connection to the storms.

When her husband, Harvey, 104, found out, all he could do was shake his head, Irma says.

"It's pretty incredible, huh?" said Dona Schluter, their 47-year-old daughter adopted at age 3, The Spokesman-Review reported. But in 2011, Hurricane Irene pummeled the Caribbean and many cities on the East Coast, so that name was retired. When asked about the secret to their long marriage, they both said they simply enjoy each other.

Harvey was first used as a storm name in 1981, and six other storms have had that name.

While Hurricane Harvey left Texas reeling and Hurricane Irma continues its disastrous track toward the United States, a sweet couple sharing the hurricanes' names continue to show love and devotion for one another.

The reason their names were chosen for this year's deadliest hurricanes is because the World Meteorological Organization picks from a list of male and female monikers for Atlantic storms.

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They've never been through a hurricane personally. "Really sad", Mrs. Schluter said of the news reports. Meanwhile, our Harvey and Irma are still at it-bringing joy to those around them with their superstorm of a story.

The couple met in Spokane many years ago through their siblings.

With such big hearts, it's no surprise that the Schluters are devastated by the destruction caused by their hurricane namesakes. Over the years, they've taken in at least 120 foster children.

She added: 'I have no idea what I'd do; I've never been in that kind of a situation. "I'd try and help some people, I don't know how".

In Glover's piece, he reported that numerous children the couple fostered still refer to them as "Mom and Dad", the Spokesman-Review reported.

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