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A Poem About An Awesome Hurricane Named Janet.

Updated on January 8, 2016
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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.


Facts About Hurricane Janet

  • Hurricane Janet was the most powerful tropical cyclone of the 1955 Atlantic season
  • Janet was formed on September 21st 1955
  • A Category 5 hurricane
  • Highest winds 175 mph
  • Caused the direct death of 1,023
  • Cost of damages $65.8 million
  • Areas affected, Barbados, Windward Islands, British Honduras, Yucatan Peninsula and mainland Mexico
  • Janet is one of the strongest hurricane on record
  • Hurricane Janet caused the loss of the only hurricane hunter plane in history

Facts About Hurricane Katrina Facts

  • Formed over the Bahamas on the 23rd of August, 2005
  • Areas affected, Bahamas, South Florida, Cuba, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida Panhandle, most of North America
  • Katrina cause $81billion in property damages. The total economic impact in Louisiana and mississippi may well exceed $150 billion making Katrina the most costly hurricane in history.
  • Katrina was the largest recorded hurricane to ever make landfall in the U.S
  • Peaked at category 5 with highest winds up to 175 mph
  • Storm surge was 20 ft high
  • Katrina took almost 2,000 lives
  • 705 people are reported still missing
  • Katrina impacted 90,000 square miles
  • 80% of New Orleans was reported to be underwater up to 20 ft deep
  • A number of people were electrocuted after the hurricane had passed
  • Hazards after the hurricane included fire and explosions from from gas lines

Her Name was Janet

It was on September twenty-third

A dark day In the year of our Lord

'twas nineteen hundred and fifty-five

The day Janet came and took their lives

She blew agony across the land

The merciless mistress took her stand

Her stormy eye dark mean and cruel

Behold a Caribbean jewel

She hauled the ocean into the Sky

Her fury roared with almighty cry

Her mean fetid breath blew unrestrained

The deluge came on and on it rained

She took her toll on the wretched soul (s)

With her mighty grip, she seized control

No shelter against the raging storm

Only love and faith to keep them warm

Category five not just a number

Janet; they will always remember

A gift from hell surely not from God!!

With vengeance, she swung the devils claw

Indiscriminately she dished pain

Her awesome power showed her disdain

Repeatedly she threw her hammer

In cold, destructive, brutal manner

Pain and devastation strewed her path

Nature conveying her angry wrath

She yearned and stretched in her brazenness

Oblivious of the callousness

Her darkness reigned throughout the island

Deceitful eye passed the horizon

She terrorised she mesmerized

Salomé danced as she took her prize

Coconut palms dangerously swayed

As the ocean moaned and Janet brayed

A little child fifteen months alive

A baby just beginning to thrive

Avoiding missiles that came their way

A mother seeks a safe place to stay

Scurrying as she's blown asunder

Dodging hordes of marauding timber

Drenched to the bones cold and shivering

Startled by a flash of lightning

Down she fell losing tenuous grip

Into icy raging stream, she slipped

Desperately she searched for her dream

Praying to the Lord for just a gleam

In answer to a mother's prayer

Myriad of Lights shone through her tears

Her racing heart pounding loud and wild

Into the light, she retrieved her child

The tiny heart remained cold and still

Deep down in her soul she felt the chill

As pale and lifeless her baby lay

This awful price was too much to pay

Child tightly nestled against her chest

Pressed close to her heart the baby rest

Furiously; she blew her warm breath

Massaging the chest defying death

With hope in her heart, she worked and prayed

And suddenly she was not afraid

A weak and trembling cry she heard

She turned and gazed at the sky above

Her spirit soared as her baby cooed

The land grew still the sky pale blue

Her anger waned she ran out of fuel

With a mizzle, she gave up the duel

A mother knelt down to thank her God

She kissed the ground where the angels trod


A Tropical Depression 38 mph or less

Tropical Storm 39 - 73 mph

Hurricane Categories

1) 75 - 95 mph

2) 96 - 110 mph

3) 111 - 129 mph

4) 130 - 156 mph

5) 157 or higher


What Causes a Hurricane

The Effects Of Hurricane katrina


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thank you Hyphenbird, your comment is much appreciated, and I'm very glad you like the poem

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Your poem is amazing. You have all the elements that make a great read and put them together very well. Excellent poem tobusiness.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I grew up on stories about the exploits of Janet, she really caused a lot of damage in the Grenadines, I guess I was one of the lucky ones.

      Thank you Max, and have a lovely day.

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh, my God, How scary! Such a breathtaking tale of the truly dreadful disaster. I was worried for the baby until the very last line! What an awesome job!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Frank, ha ha ha... She almost blew me away to. Thank you as always

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Wow toobusiness this was amazing..blew me away