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Martha Beneduci ran the Hudson Shrimp Docks for 18 years before giving it up when her husband, Al, died. She still owns the Capt. Al, the boat she and her husband were on the night of the no-name storm.BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Swimming against the storm to save a fleet

HUDSON --The water level at the shrimp docks had risen to Martha Beneduci's neck. Saltwater whipped by 50-mph winds stung her face. A powerful storm had pushed massive amounts of water into the coast. The docks had become a lake swelling into the streets and homes of this Pasco County fishing community. Beneduci sa …


No-name storm forced changes in insurance, preparation

Floridians know storms on a first-name basis: Andrew. Charley. Opal. Wilma. Those hurricanes still haunt our collective consciousness, reminders of danger, destruction and death. But i …


Modern forecasting got start with 1993 no-name storm

Even on the clattering low-tech machines we used 20 years ago, it was clear this was no ordinary spring storm. It was March 1993, and I was chief meteorologist at the NBC station in Austin, …


Scenes from the 1993 No-Name Storm

They called it the “No-Name Storm’’ because in March 1993 only hurricanes got names. By the time its effects were measured, it earned the moniker “Storm of the Century.’’ It drowned more people than hurricanes Hugo and Andrew combined.


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  1. Late winter snowstorm blankets South, Northeast (w/ video)


    PHILADELPHIA — A late winter storm blanketed the Northeast on Thursday after zipping across much of the South, leaving hundreds of drivers and their passengers stranded on highways in Kentucky and thousands without power in West Virginia.

    More than 50 miles of Interstate 65 southbound in Kentucky is shut down from the weather, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Mt. Washington, Ky. Kentucky State Police has reported that the interstate will not reopen for 6-8 hours. Kentucky has been walloped by a winter storm that has dumped nearly two feet of snow in parts of the Bluegrass state. [Associated Press]
  2. Northern winter weather cancels some Tampa flights


    TAMPA — As the northeastern U.S. braces for yet another major winter storm, the effects are already rippling south.

  3. El Niño finally here; but this one is weak, weird and late (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — A long anticipated El Niño has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it's too little, too late, meteorologists say.

    In this Feb. 24, 1998 file photo, a woman waits for a tow truck on the hood of her brother's pickup after a wall of mud plowed down Laguna Beach Canyon Road in Orange County, Calif. forcing her to evacuate her home, in background. A long anticipated El Nino weather warping is finally here. But for drought-struck California, it’s too little, too late, meteorologists say. The National Weather Service Thursday proclaimed the somewhat infamous weather phenomenon El Nino is now in place. It's a warming of a certain patch of the central Pacific that changes weather patterns worldwide, associated with flooding in some places, droughts elsewhere, a generally warmer globe, and fewer Atlantic hurricanes. El Ninos are usually so important that economists even track it because of how it affects commodities. This year's El Nino that has arrived isn’t big and is late so it’s unlikely to do much to alleviate the current California drought. [Associated Press]
  4. Setting a picturesque pace

    Tim Walters of Tampa is framed by the sculpture "The Wave" as he jogs north on Bayshore Boulevard.  Joggers, walkers and bikers flocked to Bayshore Boulevard on Tuesday morning 3/3/15 as the Bay Area is experiencing a warming trend. According to Bay News 9 there is little chance of rain and temperatures will stay near 80 through Thursday.
  5. The fog returns — but should clear up by week's end


    The thick blanket of fog that has covered Tampa Bay this week returned Wednesday morning, limiting visibility and slowing traffic.

  6. Winter precipitation could hamper commute across South


    A wide swath of the country was shivering in freezing, record-breaking temperatures while other areas were expecting more winter precipitation that forecasters warned could lead to dangerous road conditions Tuesday.

    A towing service attempts to right a FedEx trailer Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 on the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 in north Jackson, Miss. The FedEx semi-truck hit a patch of ice about 4:30 a.m. and flipped on southbound Interstate 55, forcing authorities to reroute the traffic along side roads. Police said the driver was treated for minor injuries. Freezing drizzle continued Tuesday over much of central Mississippi. [Associated Press]
  7. Tampa Bay fog disrupts shipping, driving, vacationing — and Urban Meyer


    TAMPA — Thick fog wreaked havoc on Tuesday all over Tampa Bay, stranding freighters, slowing commuters, disrupting vacations and marooning a star college football coach on a cruise ship that Coast Guard officials had to assist into the Port of Tampa.

    Joggers run out of the fog Tuesday morning on St. Pete Beach. Heavy fog covered Pinellas beaches for the second day in a row. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  8. Drivers urged to use caution as dense fog sets into Tampa Bay


    Thick fog cloaked Tampa Bay early Monday, dropping visibility on roadways across the region.

    Dense fog cloaks the Dunedin Causeway during Monday morning's commute. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]