NOTE: Record setting Hurricane Michael clobbered Florida in Oct 2018 and now Ian is coming in 2022.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asked for no hurricanes in Western Wall prayer - August 19, 2019
Desantis revealed Monday, August 19 that he kept with tradition by sticking a slip of paper with a written prayer in between the crevices at the Western Wall in Jerusalem during his May visit.
“Good Lord, spare us hurricanes this year,” the governor of the state hit with the most storms said he wrote on the paper.
DeSantis was a big supporter of Israel when in Congress and had even scouted for possible sites for the Jerusalem U.S. Embassy for President Trump. He was in attendance for the official U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem May 14, 2018.
Can Charlie Crist save Florida from hurricanes? He prays, again, that he can
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, is in Israel this week as part of a trip paid for by the American Israel Education Foundation, which is an arm of the lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee. One of the group's major funders is Sheldon Adelson.
On Thursday, Crist visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem and took part in a practice of the faithful by putting a prayer in the crevice of the wall. He posted it on Instagram and the note reads: "Dear God, Please protect Florida from storms and other difficulties. Many thanks for your blessings. Faithfully, Charlie."
Crist left a similar note in the wall on a trip to Israel shortly after he became Florida governor in 2007. It read: "Dear God, please protect our Florida from storms and other difficulties. Charlie." No hurricanes made landfall in Florida that year.
Over the next nine years, Crist had a prayer note delivered to the Western Wall before each hurricane season. And for those nine years, hurricanes stayed away from Florida.
In June 2016, the Tampa Bay Times wrote about how Crist was having trouble getting a note in the wall and musing over whether that would affect the state's fate during hurricane season.
And well, in September 2016, Category 1 Hermine became the first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade, quickly followed by Hurricane Matthew in October. Coincidence?