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Incredible Couple Married for 75 Years, Shares Names With Hurricanes

Incredible Couple Married for 75 Years, Shares Names With Hurricanes

Harvey and Irma on the hurricane map together will never happen again.

Irene was the name which was used beginning with I and followed Harvey every six years prior to Irma, however Hurricane Irene in 2011 was large and destructive so that name was retired. Both had grown up in big families and it seemed only natural to begin to take in groups of foster children, many of them physically or mentally disabled.

Harvey, an army veteran, lived most of his life being a barber, and Irma as a homemaker.

It is not unusual for a hurricane to have the same name as a person since there are male and female names assigned to hurricanes. Both Harvey and Irma have been (and Irma still is) historic hurricanes and their names are certain candidates for retirement.

The Schluters live nowhere near hurricane country; they're from Washington state.

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

Since 1979, the World Meteorological Organization has used a formula to give names to Atlantic storms.

He was a soldier when the couple met in Spokane.

"They're the most loving, wonderful, giving people I know", their adoptive child Dona Schluter, 47, told the newspaper. This is the first and probably also the last time they will see their names take over the weather channels.

The couple have never been in a hurricane and they're not glued to the television to get information about the storms, but they know what's going on.

Hurricane Irma, has battered a string of Caribbean islands, killing at least 14 people.

"I think he's pretty special", she said.

They raised three children which turned into a handful of grandchildren. "I thought, oh sure...the kids are always trying to get the best of me", said Irma.

Then they saw the news.

Given the severity of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, experts expect that the names will thus be put to bed.