Take it from him, he knows how bad it can get
MIAMI — The last time a hurricane this massive blew through South Florida, George Leather thought he was going to die.
He was 12, growing up in Perrine, when Hurricane Andrew whirled out of the Atlantic.
He hadn’t heard a sound like that before. Hasn’t since.
“It’s really loud,” Leather, now 37, said. “Just rattling really fast.”
He and his family ran from room to room as the windows blew out.
“I never really had prayed as a kid until that moment,” he recalled. “It’s never really left my mind.”
Leather lives just a little north today in unincorporated Miami-Dade County. He thought about leaving with his family, but moving the pets was too much of a hassle. He’s a high school teacher now — physical science and chemistry.
On Tuesday, the kids started figuring it out. The hurricane was coming to them. “I think they just stopped psychologically being in school,” Leather said.
They know something is coming, but Leather is convinced they don’t really know what.
Not until they see the trees down everywhere.
Not until they hear that sound.
Will Irma be as big as Andrew? Bigger?
“I’ll have to see it to believe it,” Leather said.
— ZACK SAMPSON, Times staff writer