Florida flood after hurricane Ian september 2022.

Their names were Alicia, Jeanne, Frances and Wilma—and I will never ever forget them.

Alicia scared me terribly, introducing me to her kind and threatening my life for hours when I was only one year out of college. Frankly, she was a real bitch. Twenty-one years later, Jeanne and Frances arrived on my doorstep very close together, and they too were awful. And Wilma? I can now understand why Fred screamed her name so loudly so often back in Bedrock. Wilma was a special kind of nasty. She was also unpredictable and perhaps bipolar.

Jeff Snook, a 1982 Ohio State graduate, is a guest columnist for The Ohio Press Network. He has written 14 non-fiction books, including 12 on college football and resides in Atlantis, Florida, and Mifflin, Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @Jeff_Snook10

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