No one expected this one, and so there was no name. It was well before hurricane season when the storm swept in around midnight on March 12, 1993.
Dubbed the “no-name storm,” it slammed into Florida from the Gulf of Mexico packing winds of more than 90 mph, strong rain, lightning and tornadoes.
“This could be the storm of the century,” according to the National Weather Service.
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Fifteen people died, including four children. Hundreds had to abandon their homes due to substantial flooding and 2 million lost power just as they dealt with the cold temperatures left in the wake.
Gov. Lawton Chiles declared a state of emergency in five counties and President Bill Clinton declared them disaster areas to facilitate federal aid.