- from Extreme Weather
“The Storm of the Century” wasn’t just a blizzard, a tornado, or a flood. It was all three combined in a giant nor’easter.
That’s a storm in which winds come from the northeast, especially along the northeast coast of the United States. Nor’easters usually begin off North Carolina’s coast.
This nor’easter, which hit in 1993, closed every East Coast airport from Atlanta to Nova Scotia. It dumped massive piles of snow from northern Florida to Maine, and it spawned about 50 tornadoes. About 300 people died, and 10 million people lost electric power. Winter weather hardly ever gets more extreme.