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A Poem About An Awesome Hurricane Named Janet.

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

  • 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

Nineteen hundred and fifty-five

The day Janet came and took their lives

Spreading agony across the land

The merciless mistress took her stand

Her stormy eye, dark mean and cruel

Beheld a Caribbean jewel

She hauled the ocean into the Sky

Her fury roared an almighty cry

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Her fetid breath blew unrestrained

The angry beast could not be tamed

She took her toll on the wretched soul (s)

With a mighty grip, she seized control

No shelter from 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 vengeful hands the land she clawed

Indiscriminately she inflicted pain

On land and sea, she showed her disdain

Repeatedly she threw her hammer

In cold, destructive, brutal manner

Destruction and pain strewed her path

As nature conveyed her angry wrath

Brazenly she stretched and yearned

Voraciously her anger burned

Darkness reigned throughout the island

As her deceitful eye scanned the horizon

She terrorised and mesmerized

Salomé danced as she took her prize

Coconut palms dangerously swayed

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 sought a safe place to stay

Scurrying around, she's blown asunder

Dodging hordes of marauding timber

Drenched, frightened, cold and shivering

Startled by blasts, and bolts of lightning

She fell, losing her tenuous grip

And Into the 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

A myriad of Lights shone through her despair

Her racing heart echoed loud and wild

Guided by the light, she retrieved her child

The tiny heart was far too still

A mother's soul felt the awful chill

Pale as death, her baby lay

The price was far too much to pay

Tightly nestled against her chest

Close to her heart, her 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 no more afraid

She heard a cry as sweet as a dove's

And turned her face to the sky above

Her spirit soared as her baby cooed

The land grew still, the sky pale blue

Her hurricane waned, running out of fuel

With only a mizzle, she gave up the duel

A mother knelt as she thanked her God

And kissed where angels feet had trod


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Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on April 20, 2012:

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

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on April 20, 2012:

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

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on April 16, 2012:

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.

BeyondMax from Sydney, Australia on April 15, 2012:

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!

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on April 15, 2012:

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

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 15, 2012:

Wow toobusiness this was amazing..blew me away

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