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7:15 AM | *The “Storm of the Century” March 12-14, 1993* — Perspecta Weather

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Miscellaneous facts about the “Storm of the Century”

(credit Jesse Ferrell, AccuWeather):

– 65-Foot waves were reported off of Nova Scotia, Canada

– 28.38 inches pressure was measured at White Plains, NY (Cat 3 Hurricane Strength)

– Havana, Cuba was blacked out during the storm; $1 billion damage in the country

– 60,000 lightning strikes were measured during the storm

– Hurricane-force winds caused hurricane-like damage in Florida, along with 11 tornadoes

– For the first time, every major airport on the East Coast was closed at one time or another by the storm.

– 300 Deaths were blamed on the storm in the U.S.

– 130 Million People (Half the nation’s population) affected by the storm

– A 12-foot storm surge attacked Florida’s west coast

– Hundreds of roofs collapsed due to snow up and down the East Coast

– New York City set a new record low (6) for March on the day after the storm

– The volume of rain that fell was equivalent to 40 days of Mississippi River flow at New Orleans

– Over 10 million customers lost electrical power during the storm

– At least 18 homes fell into the sea on Long Island due to the pounding surf.

– Extremely cold weather followed including a record low of 2 degrees in Birmingham, AL

Meteorologist Paul Dorian
Perspecta, Inc.
perspectaweather.com

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Paul Dorian

2021-03-12 12:15:00

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