Have you ever experienced a hurricane? Keep reading to see today’s full writing prompt and my completed version of it. And be sure to read the post to the end for information on how you can help victims of hurricane Ian.
Today’s Writing Prompt: Hurricane Party
Today, write about a character or group of characters experiencing a hurricane. What are they seeing and doing? Try to write around 300 to 500 words.
Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt
Hurricane Party, by K.E. Creighton
Jess and his college buddies had heard on the news that Maria would make landfall later this afternoon. In fact, it’s all they’d heard about for days now. But so far Maria seemed like any other temperamental yet mildly menacing tropical storm they’d experienced growing up near the coast. Nothing to freak out about. There would be a lot of rain and wind and the power would go out for a little while, but she would pass eventually. They would just have to band together to ward off their boredom for a little while. No big deal.
Since they were each a year or two shy of twenty-one, Tarence’s older brother scored them each a twelve-pack of cheap watered-down domestic lager. And they combined their meager funds to stock up on bottled water, flashlights and batteries, excessively preserved snacks, and plastic toys from the dollar store to play with when the power went out. What else would they have to do without power anyway, when everything on their side of the peninsula except Tony’s Pizza Shop down the street closed down? They’d have no power or cell reception, so they couldn’t be on their phones for too long or play video games or watch TV. So, they’d drink and play games with cheap toys and waste time for a little while.
By the time the power went out, they were all a little buzzed and caught up in a game they made up on the fly in Tommy’s backyard involving a Wiffle bat. It was a deep ominous grey outside and they were already soaked from the rain, but they were laughing and having a good time. They didn’t even notice when all the lights went out.
Jess was up and readied his stance to hit the ball over the back fence into the neighbor’s Koi pond when a gust of wind took the bat from his hands and flung it into the shed with a thud. They all laughed as Jess scrabbled to grab it, slipping in a small puddle of mud next to the shed. But their laughter turned to gasps when the next gust of wind ripped the tin roof from the shed and slammed it into the back fence, making the fence crumble as if it were only a pile of matchsticks.
[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]
Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt
I grew up in Florida. Hurricane parties are a thing there for the younger crowd. And most of the time they have such “parties” to pass the time together when the power goes out. To be fair, most hurricanes during hurricane season end up turning into much smaller tropical storms once they reach land, so they don’t end up causing much damage or devastation. During tropical storms, it just rains a lot and the power goes out sometimes.
But oddly enough, now that I’ve lived outside of Florida for over a decade, it’s easier to tell the difference between what might be a tropical storm and a massive category four or five hurricane. When you live in Florida, they cover every storm as if it’s major on the local news, so it’s easier for locals to downplay the severity of certain storms. But national news sources won’t cover a small tropical storm and will only cover major storms. I noticed this difference when hurricane Ian was being covered in the news last week before it hit. Many locals weren’t that worried about it. But it ended up being a major storm causing great destruction that was covered in the national news.
Here is a great resource for how you can help victims of hurricane Ian.