I know it’s the 14th…But since the 13th fell on a Sunday, I didn’t get a chance to mention an important and tragic anniversary…The date of the infamous “No Name Storm” that caused widespread damage, and even some deaths, here in Pasco County, back in 1993.
I have very vivid recollections about that storm…I was living in a house on School Road, very close to Gulf High. I have been through two hurricanes, but the suddenness and ferocity of the March 13th storm were astonishing. We HAD been warned, days in advance, by Roy Leep at WTVT (some folks insist there was no warning, but there was). The first line of storms hit the coast a little after 11pm, on March 12th, and kept coming all night long. The low pressure in the Gulf formed a massive surge, which left hundreds of homes flooded with saltwater, both west AND east of 19. I remember seeing piles of seaweed ON U.S.19, at at Ridge Road, at Southgate, and further north, in Hudson. Incredible.
There were travel trailers floating in the Cotee River ABOVE the Main Street bridge…meaning the tidal surge reached FAR up the river.
SunWest Crab and Shrimp Festival! COME ON!!! Great food, great event, GREAT bands, and shrimp. SHRIMP!!!!