Looking Back at the Superstorm of March 12-13, 1993 #alwx @wvua23

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Today is day 1 of the 2 day anniversary of the blizzard of March 12-13 of 1993!

The maps above are from the event… The pics above are from Linden, Alabama. One pic above is the house I was raised in, and other pictures show me, my dad, one of my sisters and neighbors on this date in 1993. I was just a kid at the time, only 7 years old, but I can remember everything about that storm.

Today kicks off the anniversary of the “Superstorm,” where snow started falling heavy in west Alabama on this day in March. This was a 2 day event that I’ll never forget for sure. I was living in Linden at the time. Very heavy snow fell at my house in southwest Alabama for hours. We had over 8 inches of snow there. I’ll never forget the sound of trees cracking in the heavy snow and wind. The roads were covered in snow and trees blocked the roads in some areas, thanks to the heavy wet snow and strong winds. As just a kid at the time, it was a dream come true for me, but it turned out to be a disaster that cost lives along the entire eastern seaboard… Below is some information of the event.

The Storm of the Century, also known as the ’93 Superstorm, or the (Great) Blizzard of 1993, was a large cyclonic storm that occurred on March 12–13, 1993, on the East Coast of North America. It is unique for its intensity, massive size and wide-reaching effect. At its height, the storm stretched from Canada towards Central America, but its main impact was on the Eastern United States and Cuba. The cyclone moved through the Gulf of Mexico, and then through the Eastern United States before moving into Canada. Areas as far south as central Alabama and Georgia received 6 to 12 inches of snow and areas such as Birmingham, Alabama, received up to 12 inches with isolated reports of 16 inches. Even the Florida Panhandle reported up to 4 inches, with hurricane-force wind gusts and record low barometric pressures. Between Louisiana and Cuba, hurricane-force winds produced high storm surges across northwestern Florida, which along with scattered tornadoes killed dozens of people. Record cold temperatures were seen across portions of the South and East in the wake of this storm. In the United States, the storm was responsible for the loss of electric power to over 10 million customers. It is purported to have been directly experienced by nearly 40 percent of the country’s population at that time. A total of 310 people, including 10 from Cuba, perished during this storm.

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