What is the weather like in Their Eyes Were Watching God?

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copelmat eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I can only imagine that you are referencing the hurricane that occurs in Chapter 18.

The descriptions of the storm start innocently enough:

Janie looked out of her door she saw the drifting mists gathered in the west--that cloud field of the sky--to arm themselves with thunders and march forth against the world. Louder and higher and lower and wider the sound and the motion spread, mounting, sinking, darking.

But as the intensity of the storm increases, it has a more profound effect upon Janie and Tea Cake:

Through the screaming wind they heard things crashing and things hurtling and dashing with unbelievable velocity.

Then, the storm causes Lake Okechobee to leave its banks and dikes, and a literal wall of water is unleashed upon their world. When all is said and done, the devastation is extensive:

Saw the hand of horror on everything. Houses without roofs, and roofs without houses. Steel and stone all crushed and crumbled like wood. The mother of malice had trifled with men. [...] Corpses were not just found in wrecked houses. They under houses, tangled in shrubbery, floating in water, hanging in trees, drifting under wreckage.

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