The Storm Part 1
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
In the show, the Ventura family lives in Newark, the largest city in New Jersey. Alexa and Beni attend Rafael Hernandez School. Clara works at the Newark Public Library. Ramiro is an airline pilot, often flying out of the Newark Liberty International Airport.
In real life, the area now known as the city of Newark was once home to the Lenni Lenape people prior to European settlement in 1666. Notable people from Newark include Amiri Baraka, Aaron Burr, Michael B. Jordan, Allen Ginsberg, Whitney Houston, Ice-T, Shaquille O'Neal, and Frankie Valli. Learn more about the city of Newark here.
Source: Rise Up Newark
PUERTO RICANS IN THE VIETNAM WAR
In the show, the fictional character Lieutenant Horacio Méndez, Alexa and Beni’s distant cousin, is a former U. S. Marine born and raised in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Horacio served as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. He went M.I.A. in 1970.
In real life, Puerto Rican soldiers have fought in every U. S. conflict since World War I - hundreds have lost their lives and several have received high honors for their distinguished service. Learn more about Boricuas who fought in the Vietnam War here.
In the show, the Bronze Barometer plays a key role in time-traveling.
In real life, a barometer is an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure for weather forecasting. The earliest barometers date back to the seventeenth century. The Bronze Barometer in Timestorm is based on an aneroid barometer invented in 1844 by Lucien Vidie.
The Storm Part 2
RAFAEL HERNÁNDEZ SCHOOL
In the show, Alexa and Beni are seventh graders at Rafael Hernández School in Newark’s north ward.
In real life, the Rafael Hernández School serves pre-K through eight grade. The school is named after Afro-Puerto Rican musician Rafael Hernández, who was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in 1892. At the age of 25, Rafael was recruited to join a U.S. Army musical band and was deployed to France during World War I. After the war, he went on to become a prolific composer as well as a band leader, actor, music store owner, and founder of little league baseball in Puerto Rico. Learn more about Rafael Hernández School here, and Rafael Hernández, the musician, here.
Sources: Newark BOE: Rafael Hernández School I NPS: Casa Amadeo antigua, Casa Hernández | Wikipedia: Rafael Hernández
HURRICANE MARIA: LANDFALL & IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH
In the show, the Venturas listen to weather updates about a dangerous hurricane barreling toward Puerto Rico and their family members that live there. Once the storm arrives, all communication is cut off with the island, and the Venturas struggle to cope with the uncertainty of the terrifying circumstances.
In real life, Hurricane Maria devastated many islands across the Caribbean, hitting Puerto Rico particularly hard. The storm made landfall on September 20, only two weeks after Hurricane Irma passed north of the island. About 80,000 residents were already without power from the previous storm when Hurricane Maria completely took out the entire electrical grid of the main island as well as the smaller islands, Vieques and Culebra. Nearly all methods of communication were crippled with pockets of satellite reception offering minimal connection between Puerto Rico and the U. S. mainland. Other immediate emergency circumstances included flooding, destruction of roadways, contamination of the water supply, loss of crops and livestock, food shortages, lack of access to urgent medical care, human fatalities, and much more. Learn more about Hurricane Maria’s landfall on Puerto Rico and the immediate aftermath here and here.
Sources: NPR: We've Never Gone Through This: Hurricane Maria Knocks Out Puerto Rico's Electricity | NPR: With Power Out And Phones Down, A Struggle To Reach Loved Ones In Puerto Rico