Anniversary of March '93 Storm

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Hurricane-force winds, severe thunderstorms, a 12 foot storm surge, and blizzard conditions all accompanied what is often referred to as the "Storm of the Century."

Across Florida, a tornado outbreak killed at least 44 people in what turned out to be the state's costliest storm that was not a hurricane. A storm surge, similar to that of a hurricane, was reported as high as 12 feet near Keaton Beach. A cold front associated with the storm system caused temperatures to decrease from 70s and 80s to 20s and 30s. In Tallahassee, the storm's contribution was an all-time record low pressure of 28.84 inches of mercury - a record that still stands.

Other areas of the country experienced other problems as result of the March '93 Superstorm. For the first time in history, every major airport in the east was closed at some time or another due to the storm. In parts of New York state, nearly 40 inches of snow fell in just 24 hours. Winds gusts in excess of 100 mph were reported in the mountains of North Carolina - as were snow drifts of up to 10 feet. In parts of Tennessee, buildings collapsed during the storm under the weight of snow. Homes along the coast of Long Island were washed away into the Atlantic Ocean, and Cuba reported the worst severe storms ever for the winter season.

Nearly 300 people were killed across the nation in the storm.

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