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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. Rain and flooding continue in Texas (w/video)


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    Workers on Wednesday tend to equipment used to pump water from Padera Lake in Midlothian, Texas. Officials had feared the temporary dam on the lake would fail because of recent storms and flooding that have left at least 20 people dead and a dozen others missing. More rain fell Wednesday on the …

    *** BESTPIX *** MIDLOTHIAN, TX - MAY 27:  Workers tend to equipmant used to pump water from Padera Lake on May 27, 2015 in Midlothian, Texas. Officials feared that the temporary dam on Padera Lake would fail due to recent heavy rains in the area. Areas throughout Texas have expierenced flash flooding and numerous deaths due to weeks of heavy rainfall. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) 556650459
  2. NOAA predicts a below-average Atlantic hurricane season


    Just a few days from the start of hurricane season, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday its storm predictions for the next six months.

    Looks like it could be a quiet one.

    Hurricane Jeanne swirled over Florida in 2004, the year four hurricanes made landfall in the Sunshine State.
  3. Thunderstorms flood streets in Pasco, knock out power in Hillsborough, Pinellas


    A severe thunderstorm swept through the Bay Area Tuesday evening, flooding streets and knocking out power in thousands of homes Tuesday evening, authorities said.

    Storms flood Pasco County streets Tuesday evening. [WTSP 10 News]
  4. Two hurricane hunter planes at MacDill AFB to get $42 million upgrade


    TAMPA — The hurricane planes known affectionately as "Miss Piggy" and "Kermit" are getting new Rolls-Royce engines, new wings and better radar.

    Technicians remove the forward radar cover of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s turboprop aircraft “Miss Piggy” Friday at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
  5. Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas (w/video)


    CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico — A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant away from its mother. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said.

    People help clean up River Road in Wimberley, Texas, on Monday. A line of storms from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes brought flash flooding to the area, southwest of Austin.
  6. Deadly storms swamp Plains, Midwest, force Texans from homes


    SAN MARCOS, Texas — A line of storms stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes dumped record rainfall on parts of the Plains and Midwest, spawning tornadoes and causing major flooding that forced at least 2,000 Texans from their homes.

    Leaves and branches are scattered throughout a flooded yard Sunday after a roof collapsed during a morning storm at Rockport Apartment Homes on S Gessner Street in Houston.
  7. Summer weather, busy roads, crowded beaches in store for Memorial Day weekend


    Beachgoers and barbecuers can expect warm temperatures and the return of afternoon thunderstorms during the Memorial Day weekend.

  8. How to prepare a hurricane kit


    Building a hurricane kit is a lot like packing for a wilderness camping trip. You need to be able to survive for several days on your own without any outside assistance.

    A basic hurricane kit from Bill Jackson's, Pinellas Park.  Items in photo include: Large Tote Carrier or Ice Chest, center, Portable Camping Stove with Cooking Set and Utensils, center, Portable Fresh Water Container, front left, Plenty of Batteries, multiple sizes, front left, Insect Repellent, bottom center, Battery Operated Flashlight, bottom, center, Battery Operated Lantern, front, right, Solar Powered Charger/charges electronic items using small solar panels, bottom right, Freeze Dried Food Kit, various foods, center left, Rain Poncho, center right, Sleeping Bag, center right, Pillow, back left, Portable Fan that charges electronic items, back right, Water Purification Unit and Water Bottle/Mister, Water Purification Tablets and Waterproof Matches/Lighter, top of cooler, left, Battery Operated/Chargeable  Portable Radio/Walkie Talkie and First Aid Kit, top of cooler, right. FOR TERRY TOMALIN STORY.