34. The Storm of the Century

Photographer: BusinessWeek

Year: March 1993

Location: East Coast & Cuba

Casualties: 300

The Storm of the Century was a potent concoction combining elements of blizzards, hurricanes, and tornadoes that formed a powerful Superstorm. It swept up the continent from the Gulf of Mexico, and visited 26 states as well as Canada, Cuba, and Central America. The South and Appalachian regions felt hard blows from the snow storms in particular, which produced unprecedented conditions and called for resources and preparations that the areas just did not have. Over 300 people died all told, 48 were lost at sea, and at least 18 houses on Long Island simply dropped into the ocean. This guy did not seem to grasp the gravity of the situation, shielding his head with only a pizza box. Or maybe desperate times do call for desperate measures.