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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. After brisk Monday morning, forecast calls for steady warming


    Monday morning in Tampa Bay began blissfully, with temperatures hovering around the high 60s in some areas, but local temperatures will creep back up throughout the week, according to WTSP 10Weather meteorologist Bobby Deskins.

  2. Debris spotted as crews search for Florida-based ship lost off Bahamas


    NASSAU, Bahamas — The search for a U.S. cargo ship that was lost during Hurricane Joaquin off the southeastern Bahamas turned up more clues Sunday but no word yet on the fate of the vessel or its 33-member crew.

    Families gathered Sunday at the Seafarers Union Hall in Jacksonville to wait for news on the 33-member crew aboard the missing cargo ship El Faro. The ship has not been heard from since it lost power and was taking on water in seas churned up by Hurricane Joaquin.
  3. Fate unknown of Florida-based ship caught in Hurricane Joaquin off Bahamas


    NASSAU, Bahamas — An intensive, dawn-to-dark search Saturday turned up a life ring but no other sign of a cargo ship from Jacksonville with 33 people on board that lost power and communications off the southeastern Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin.

  4. Cooler weather, lower rain chances in store for the weekend


    A breath of Florida fall is in store for the weekend.

  5. European model again leads the pack on Hurricane Joaquin forecast


    For days, the models that guide the National Hurricane Center's forecasts had been split over the future of Hurricane Joaquin.

    This map from Thursday showed the European model's projections for Hurricane Joaquin for the next 10 days. [European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts]
  6. Hurricane Joaquin batters the Bahamas but may bypass U.S. coast


    ELEUTHERA, Bahamas — Hurricane Joaquin hammered islands in the central Bahamas with torrential rains that flooded homes and forecasters warned that the "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm could grow even stronger.

  7. Heavy rains bring flooding as storms threaten to move up East Coast (w/video)


    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Drenching rains along an already-saturated East Coast caused major flooding Thursday, drowning a woman whose car quickly filled up with water and prompting flash-flood warnings from historic Charleston to Washington, D.C.

    Airmen place sandbags outside of a building at Langley Air Force Base on Thursday as heavy rain falls in Hampton, Va. Base leaders closed the facility today to all non-mission essential personnel over concerns on projected tidal surges and potential flooding from Hurricane Joaquin.
  8. 2 a.m. update: Hurricane Joaquin batters Bahamas; storm could threaten U.S. (w/video)



    ELEUTHERA, Bahamas — Hurricane Joaquin hammered islands in the central Bahamas with torrential rains that flooded homes, and forecasters warned that the “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm could grow even stronger as it roared on a path that could take it near the U.S. East Coast.

    This satellite image, taken at 8 a.m. Thursday and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows Hurricane Joaquin. The powerful Category 4 hurricane pounded lightly populated islands of the eastern Bahamas on Thursday, and forecasters said it could grow more intense while following a path that would near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend. [NOAA via AP]