Hurricane Hazel hit Toronto on October 15, 1954, hammering urban infrastructure and causing 81 deaths—roughly twice the number inflicted upon Houston by Hurricane Harvey. Press coverage centred on human-interest stories, as in, "Clung to Sturdy Willow 4 Hours, Lineman Saved." Canadians understood the storm as a ferocious act of nature. Yet entirely absent from the public conversation was the language of alarmism, and of scapegoating. No one invoked 1000-year weather events, or blamed city officials, or quoted the fictional alien Klaatu to the effect that "climate change [is] an existential threat on a par with nuclear disaster." Hurricane Hazel, in short, was not a political event.