The late weather forecast predicted deadly tornadoes, thunderstorms, and a record-breaking blizzard that would hit the eastern United States in one violent storm. But for some already asleep for the night, these urgent emergency warnings would go unheard. Now, witness one of this century's most catastrophic storms on its 1,200-mile journey of destruction from Florida's Gulf Coast to Canada - knocking out power in more than three million homes and taking some 270 lives. Follow one family's terrifying ordeal as a 12-foot-high storm surge ravages their weekend reunion. And be there for the dramatic rescue of students trapped by the blinding snow on a wilderness expedition in the Great Smoky Mountains. Experience these deadly forces of nature firsthand in STORM OF THE CENTURY.
The incredible storm of 1993 that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard, bigger than any since the 1800s, rightly acquired the title Storm of the Century
. National Geographic
looks at the events before, during, and after, including the late warnings that largely went unheard and the dramatic stories of the survivors, many of whom braved terrible floods or deep snow before help could arrive. Most were expecting only more unseasonable warmth--the hurricane winds, massive thunderstorms, and fierce blizzards knocked out power and caught nearly everyone off guard. In addition to interviews with meteorologists who had to puzzle together the bizarre reports from their computers, you'll see footage from Florida to Maine documenting nature's savagery, and follow a group of students hiking in North Carolina's Blue Ridge mountains who were rescued from four feet of snow, as well as others who weren't so lucky. You will never again be complacent about the weather report after watching Storm of the Century
. --Rob Lightner