Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
I thought it was an interesting coincidence that a state with questionable presidential election results would be pummeled by hurricanes just before the next election. Then I thought it was an interesting coincidence that the storms spared Miami, who voted for Gore in 2000. Just out of curiosity, I overlaid two maps: one of the tracks of the hurricanes of 2004, and one of the elections results of 2000.
This is no longer an interesting coincidence. It is an unmistakable message from God. I hope everyone is listening.
Note: After leaving Florida, Charley hit Georgia and Frances hit Georgia and South Carolina.The path of Ivan is projected as of Sept. 14. Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all voted for Bush. If you have ANY doubt who this message is coming from, watch and see if Ivan veers west to hit those states as well.
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Origins: The map displayed above is a clever bit of political humor, but if God is trying to send United States citizens a message about their presidential choices, He isn't doing it by unleashing hurricanes on Florida.
In the space of one month in August-September 2004, the state of Florida (where contested election results produced a prolonged controversy whose resolution was instrumental in deciding the 2000 presidential election) was pummeled by three different hurricanes:
- Hurricane Charley struck Florida in mid-August 2004.
- Hurricane Frances hit the Florida peninsula in early September 2004.
- Hurricane Ivan struck the Florida panhandle in mid-September 2004.
The path of Hurricane Charley is depicted quite differently in the graphic above than was reported by news
The western edge of the Florida panhandle is an area that generally votes Republican, so the counties primarily affected by it (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Bay counties) were indeed all ones that had gone for Bush in 2000. But the map at the head of this page also shows Hurricane Charley as passing right on by the Democratic counties of Osceola, Orange, and Volusia, even though many sources, including the Florida State Emergency Operations Center, indicated that it hit all of them (note that the city of Orlando is in Orange County, and Daytona Beach is in Volusia):
About $123 million of the damage was to mobile homes and
Damage to county, municipal and school district property was put at more than
The winds grew so severe around noon that officials pulled fire and rescue crews from the roads, fearing the high gusts could tip over the large ambulances or firetrucks. Until Sunday evening, crews responded only to life-threatening emergencies after evaluating conditions on a case-by-case basis.
George Bush won all the states on the Atlantic coast north of Florida up to the Virginias, all the states west of Florida clear over to Texas, as well as every other state in the South. Unless a hurricane miraculously skipped several hundred miles overland all the way from Florida to New Mexico or Illinois, without touching any intervening states, any other state it hit was bound to be one that voted Republican in 2000.
Last updated: 27 September 2004
Hall Grumet, Bridget. "Pasco Takes a Lashing From Frances' Winds." St. Petersburg Times. 6 September 2004. Leinwald, Donna. "Soggy Encore in Florida After 4th Hurricane." USA Today. 27 September 2004 (p. A4). Reeder, Jim. "Unincorporated St. Lucie's Private Damage: $740 Million." Palm Beach Post. 21 September 2004. Florida State Emergency Operations Center. "Hurricane Charley." 20 August 2004.