MONDAY, MARCH 13 - SUPERSTORM OF MARCH 1993


Two east coast snowstorms of the 1990s stand out: one was the Blizzard of '96, and the other was raging on this day in 1993. It came to be called the "Storm of the Century".

Locally, this storm brought a foot of snow to Wilmington and Philadelphia. But to the west, in a swath from New York through West Virginia, south into northern Alabama, 1 to 2 feet or more accumulated.

But the "Storm of the Century" was more than snow. The storm spawned at least 11 tornadoes in Florida. Winds of 50 mph pounded the East coast. And in both Wilmington and Philadelphia, the storm set the all-time record for the lowest air pressure of 28.43 inches.

That record was equivalent to the pressure in the eye of a strong Category 2 hurricane - for comparison, Floyd was barely a Category 1 when it passed through here last September.

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