Harvey and Irma Schluter are a hurricane of adorable. The couple has been married for 75 years after tying the knot in 1942, meeting way before a pair of hurricanes that just so happen to bear their names came barreling through the Caribbean and the United States together. Harvey and Irma Schluter: 1; Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma: 0.
"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." According to the Times, the World Meteorological Organization has six master lists of monikers that experts rotate through while naming tropical storms, alternating between male and female names and retiring a name if that specific hurricane has caused disastrous damage.
Given the severity of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, experts expect that the names will thus be put to bed. Meanwhile, our Harvey and Irma are still at it—bringing joy to those around them with their superstorm of a story.
Decades before their similarly-named hurricanes made news, Harvey took a trip to Spokane, [Washington],(http://www.brides.com/story/earthy-real-wedding-cacade-mountains) to visit his brother's duplex and just so happened to meet Irma, who was living with her sister in the apartment below. Harvey was instantly smitten, while Irma needed some convincing!
“I wasn’t quite through school yet,” she said. “I wanted to wait until I was done. But he talked me into getting married before that.”
After marrying in 1942 and returning to Washington, the pair decided to become foster parents, ultimately opening their home to 120 children—many with physical and mental disabilities—over the years.
With such big hearts, it's no surprise that the Schluters are devastated by the destruction caused by their hurricane namesakes. “I have no idea what I’d do; I’ve never been in that kind of a situation,” said Irma. “I’d try and help some people, I don’t know how.”
“You just do whatever you think would be best to do,” she added. “If you can help someone, then help them.”