PORT ALLEN, La. (BRPROUD)– In September of 1988 Brian Prejean and his wife Lynn left for their honeymoon in Jamaica.
The newlyweds were unsure they would even be able to get a flight to their destination because of Hurricane Florence making landfall right after their wedding.
“We get to Jamaica Saturday, have a nice day Saturday and a nice day on Sunday and then Sunday evening Lynn’s dad called and said there’s a hurricane coming your way and it’s bigger than the island y’all need to get out of there,” Prejean said.
This was the last time the couple would speak to their families for several days.
“All the communication on the island was wiped out, there was nothing,” Prejean said.
The newlyweds hunkered down and braced for the wrath of Hurricane Gilbert, the strongest hurricane on record at the time.
“There was a lot of broken glass and a lot of flying debris, the tidal surge came right up to the hotel, they had us on the second floor in the hallways riding the storm out,” Prejean said.
Meanwhile, their families were at home desperately watching the news and searching for a sign of life.
“They didn’t know if we were dead or alive, They would go to the news station and look at video from Jamaica to see if they could see us.. they contacted the U.S. Senators office to see if they could find any information on us,” Prejean said.
After four long days the couple was finally reunited with family and back in Louisiana.
Fast forward 32 years Prejean’s daughter is now getting married on Friday with Hurricane Delta churning in the gulf.
“They gave me the hurricane curse!” Jordan Prejean said.
But for this family, it’s more than coincidental.
“Maybe it means they will be able to weather the storm? I know my wife and I have weathered many storms you know we’ve been married for 32 years hopefully they can take something out of it and do the same,” Prejean said.
Jordan Prejean says what feels like a curse now, may be a lesson for the future ahead.
“I guess I still look at it as a curse but everyone on the lighter side has said well look at your parents and look at the long lasting marriage that they have had they’ve made it through everything,” Prejean said.
With Delta’s track aimed at Louisiana the fate of her wedding is up in the air but this young couple is ready to take whatever Delta, and life throw at them.
“If we can get through this we can get through anything,” Prejean said.