Hurricane Herman was a violent storm that passed over Lake Lachrymose during the time the Baudelaire orphans were staying with Josephine Anwhistle. The storm, though short-lived for a hurricane, nonetheless threatened the lives of the Baudelaires in particular, who were in Aunt Josephine's house when one of the stilts holding up the house was struck by lightning, causing it to fall into the lake.
Hurricane Herman formed during the off-season of Lake Lachrymose; though hurricanes normally occur near the ocean, a body of water as large as Lake Lachrymose "can have anything occur on it."
The Hurricane's arrival was predicted at least a week beforehand, and as such several businesses closed for the storm, such as the Fickle Ferry, though it seems that others such as The Anxious Clown remained open.
The storm was known to knock down Josephine Anwhistle's House from the cliff upon which it stood, endangering the lives of the Baudelaire children. The children took to the lake towards the end of the hurricane, and though it was dangerous, they managed to reach Curdled Cave by the time the storm ended.
2004 Film Divergent CanonIn the film adaptation, Hurricane Herman's power is given more light: it completely obliterates most of the house, leaving what little is left of it to fall into the lake just after the orphans were able to make it to safety. Shortly before, the storm managed to set off what is best described as a series of unfortunate events, all of which were exceedingly dangerous in their own right.
- Strictly speaking, a hurricane should not be able to form over a lake. According to a worker at Damocles Dock, this was possible because Lake Lachrymose, the setting of the third installment, is simply that big. As the Queequeg was able to enter the lake, it is also connected to an open body of water in some manner.