Don’t believe me? Meet Zion, a young kid MSNBC interviewed in South Carolina told the left-leaning news network he’d never seen a hurricane before.
“Have you seen a hurricane before?” an MSNBC reporter asked Zion Wednesday afternoon as she interviewed the young boy and his grandmother preparing to wait out Hurricane Matthew.
“No, not in my life,” Zion answered.
Zion also told MSNBC he was excited there’d be no school for the next couple of days.
The U.S. has been in the midst of a hurricane drought for 11 years, meaning no major hurricane, Category 3 or higher, has made landfall in that time. Hurricane Wilma in 2005 was the last such storm to make landfall in the U.S.
Hurricane Matthew is expected to break this streak Thursday evening when it touches down in Florida. State officials have ordered evacuations of South Carolina’s coastal areas, and Floridians are also moving out of the storm’s path.
Why was the U.S. spared of major hurricanes for more than a decade? No one knows for sure, but a 2015 study attributed it to dumb “luck.”