SHELTON, Wash. -- Paul Hunter celebrated his 50th birthday Friday. The fact that it happened to also be day a powerful storm rolled through the Pacific Northwest simply adds a twist to this farmer s life.
Yeah, I made a bang, Hunter said from his Union farm.
Hunter was born during the Columbus Day Storm, when millions of dollars in damage were caused by triple-digit wind speeds and rain. Forty-seven people died. While Paul cannot remember the natural disaster, his parents can.
I was in the delivery room as the electricity went off, said Carol Hunter, Paul s mother. I thought it might be an omen of something to come. This kid must be something!
Paul s father, Bill Hunter, had to dodge fallen trees and branches to get to the hospital in Shelton.
The roof blew off our barn, he explained. I guess you don t really realize how different that storm was until the next morning.
The Hunters said Friday the storm hitting during Paul s birth added an interesting twist to the special day.
I give him grief all the time, Carol said. I think we ve discussed it every October 12.
KING5 looks back at the forces that shaped the monster storm in a KING 5 Weather Team special presentation, The Columbus Day Storm: 50 Years Later, airing 7:30 p.m. on KING. Watch a rebroadcast of the special at 9:00 p.m. on NWCN.