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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. Forecast: Sunny and cool start to weekend before warm-up arrives


    Clear, sunny skies are on tap for Tampa Bay Friday with northerly winds adding in a cool, gentle breeze.

  2. Forecast: Incoming cool front to create increased rain chances for Tampa Bay


    A weak cold front moving through the Tampa Bay area Thursday won't drop temperatures too much, but it may bring a little rain, forecasters said.

  3. Deadly storms add to drought, flood and fires plaguing South (w/video)


    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The National Weather Service confirms that at least 13 twisters damaged homes, splintered barns and toppled trees in parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, killing five people in two states.

    Bob Wright looks for personal belongings after a suspected tornado ripped through the town of Rosalie, killing three of his brother's family members, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Rosalie, Ala. [Associated Press]
  4. Forecast: Toasty, humid weather trend continues in Tampa Bay


    Humid, muggy conditions will remain intact across Tampa Bay on Wednesday, making it feel more like summer than the brink of Christmas.

  5. Southern plagues: Drought, flood, fire and now killer storms (w/video)


    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Apparent tornadoes that dropped out of the night sky killed five people in two states and injured at least a dozen more early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of drought, flood and fire plaguing the South.

    Amy Smith talks on the phone with her daughter Kaila Irwin in front of Kaila's destroyed mobile home Wednesday morning in Neel, Ala. Irwin and her family were not home when a violent  storm came through the area  [Decatur Daily via AP]
  6. Forecast: Near-record heat before slightly higher rain chances later in week


    Conditions will stay unseasonably warm and muggy over the next few days as Tampa Bay experiences near-record heat over the next couple of days.

  7. Hurricane season could have been worse, but still caused damage in Tampa Bay area


    The calls came in the middle of night as Hurricane Hermine's winds howled across Pasco County's coast, rattling homes.

    Residents evacuated the Elfers Parkway area of Pasco County as the Anclote River crested at 25.08 feet on Sept. 4. While Pasco suffered the worst flooding in the state from Hurricane Hermine, officials said it could have been worse. They also said they learned lessons this year about the area's readiness. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  8. Forecast: Workweek kicks off warm as rain makes a return later in week


    Monday kicks off a warm workweek in Tampa Bay with mostly sunny skies and highs expected to top off in the low 80s, forecasters said.