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Hurricanes’ names all too familiar to Washington couple married for 75 years

Take a flight right through Hurricane Irma with great view of her eye

This Sept. 5, 2017, video takes you right through the eye of Category 5 Hurricane Irma with its 185 mph winds. Irma is churning in the Atlanta. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration shared the video.
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This Sept. 5, 2017, video takes you right through the eye of Category 5 Hurricane Irma with its 185 mph winds. Irma is churning in the Atlanta. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration shared the video.

Harvey and Irma are making news.

No, not just the hurricanes that have wreaked havoc in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean regions.

A couple in Spokane, Wash., who have shared 75 years of marriage have something in common with the storms. The Schluters told The New York Times they’ve never seen hurricanes bearing their first names.

“I don’t know how they’ve done that, to have a Harvey and Irma,” Irma Schluter, 93, told the newspaper. “I don’t know how that worked out.”

Irma and Harvey, 102, wed in 1942. To be married for more than seven decades must be difficult, right?

“It’s not hard,” Irma told The Spokesman-Review of Spokane in March. “Not at all.”

As for the hurricanes, The Times reports the names are on a six-year rotation through the World Meteorological Organization – unless the storms are major.

Considering the impact both Irma and Harvey have had so far, it’s likely the names – appearing together for the first time – will be retired.

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