The no-name storm came barreling out of the Gulf of Mexico, battering Florida with high winds and rising waters. As one Pinellas beach resident said on March 13, 1993: “This was the mother of all storms. It was sure mad at somebody.” But there was little time to regroup: With winds knocking down power lines, hundreds of thousands of people were left without power, just as the cold following the storm moved in.

The no-name storm of 1993 devastated parts of Tampa Bay. [Times files]
The no-name storm of 1993 devastated parts of Tampa Bay. [Times files]
Former Tampa Tribune photographer Fred Bellet returned to Pandora Drive early Monday morning on March 15, 1993 in the aftermath of the storm. The opening under the pinnacle of the roof is where Bellet and then-roommate, Kimberly Kelly escaped during the early morning of March 13, 1993. [Times files]
Former Tampa Tribune photographer Fred Bellet returned to Pandora Drive early Monday morning on March 15, 1993 in the aftermath of the storm. The opening under the pinnacle of the roof is where Bellet and then-roommate, Kimberly Kelly escaped during the early morning of March 13, 1993. [Times files]
Mike Blakely (in red) and his son, Chris Blakely (in yellow) try to remove their boat from a Town N' Country street as a truck passes by offering them some assistance during the no-name storm of 1993. [Times files]
Mike Blakely (in red) and his son, Chris Blakely (in yellow) try to remove their boat from a Town N' Country street as a truck passes by offering them some assistance during the no-name storm of 1993. [Times files]
Pine Island resident Willie Kochounian said he had to wait 10 days before he was permitted back to Pine Island after the
Pine Island resident Willie Kochounian said he had to wait 10 days before he was permitted back to Pine Island after the "No-Name Storm". "The place was a mess", he said. Kochounian said since then there have been many improvements to the eatery. [Times files]
Floodwaters from the no-name storm on March 13, 1993, picked up many boats and crashed them into yards and barriers. [Times files]
Floodwaters from the no-name storm on March 13, 1993, picked up many boats and crashed them into yards and barriers. [Times files]
A truck passes through deep water in a Town N' Country street during the no-name storm of 1993. [Times files]
A truck passes through deep water in a Town N' Country street during the no-name storm of 1993. [Times files]


The no-name storm of 1993 devastated parts of Tampa Bay. [Times files]
The no-name storm of 1993 devastated parts of Tampa Bay. [Times files]
The Hernando County coastal area took a beating on March 13, 1993 sending boats onto land. Aripeka, Hernando Beach, Bayport, Weeki Wachee Gardens and Pine Island took the brunt of the storm's wrath. [Times files]
The Hernando County coastal area took a beating on March 13, 1993 sending boats onto land. Aripeka, Hernando Beach, Bayport, Weeki Wachee Gardens and Pine Island took the brunt of the storm's wrath. [Times files]
A boat ramp is nowhere to be seen as heavy rain and flooding turned streets into rivers around the Tampa Bay area during the no-name storm of 1993. [Times files]
A boat ramp is nowhere to be seen as heavy rain and flooding turned streets into rivers around the Tampa Bay area during the no-name storm of 1993. [Times files]
Residents were reunited with loved ones after the weather cleared on March 14, 1993, many were evacuated to the Springstead High School gym until officials opened up roadways. [Times files]
Residents were reunited with loved ones after the weather cleared on March 14, 1993, many were evacuated to the Springstead High School gym until officials opened up roadways. [Times files]
The no-name storm of 1993 devastated parts of Tampa Bay. [Times files]
The no-name storm of 1993 devastated parts of Tampa Bay. [Times files]
Tampa Fire Department driver/engineer David Bibiloni braves deep water and heavy winds to tell residents of the Sunset Park area of Tampa of a mandatory evacuation due to rising water. [Times files]
Tampa Fire Department driver/engineer David Bibiloni braves deep water and heavy winds to tell residents of the Sunset Park area of Tampa of a mandatory evacuation due to rising water. [Times files]