A Letter To Hurricane Irma

Dear Irma
I have great respect for you as well as all who preceded and who will follow you. I have refused to take any of you for granted even though I have never experienced your presence. Even though we do not always understand, I know that everything that God has created has also been given a time and purpose. You are a mighty force to be reckoned with. So we do our best to prepare for you so as to minimize the damage that you cause. I know that it is not your fault and that it is even beyond your control. The dear people of Texas suffered the wrath of Hurricane Harvey just a few days ago. He was a category 4 storm and you are coming across the Caribbean as a category 5. The best thing about Harvey was that there were comparatively small numbers of lives lost. We are hoping and praying that God will hear our cry for lives to be spared by you also. One thing is for sure; we can but prepare for you and pray to God, because only God can control you. I understand that it is your season and your time, but we are praying for mercy.

You have been next to impossible to predict, and the models cannot get a real fix on you. You are strong; you are huge, and your winds speeds of 185 MPH are probably historical. It is being said that there is nothing like you, and you may be the most powerful in history. At 18 miles per hour, at least you are moving faster than Harvey, and that is a good thing for which we are grateful.

I have learned that for Atlantic hurricanes like yourself, there is a list of names for every six years. So the 2017 list will be used again in 2023. The only time this cycle changes is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the use of its name in the future is deemed inappropriate. The name is retired and removed from the rotation. For example, to name a few: Matthew 2016, Sandy 2012, Irene 2011, and Katrina 2005 are hurricane names that have been retired. In all likelihood, your name and Harvey will probably not appear again. And our prayer is that no hurricane as strong as you will ever cross the Carribean and the Atlantic again.

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