A severe coastal storm struck the southwestern coast of Florida (southern U.S.) on Sunday (29?
A severe coastal storm struck the southwestern coast of Florida (southern U.S.) on Sunday (29 September). Winds of near hurricane force lashed a three hundred mile strip of coastline causing widespread flooding and other damage. At Sarasota at least twenty persons were evacuated and others had to take shelter from the flood waters on rooftops.
Piers, seawalls, beach houses and other waterfront structures suffered heavy damage, as did low-lying residential areas near the coast. Portions of Tampa and nearby suburbs were under water. Six feet of water flooded the man highway on Sanibel Island just Southwest of Fort Meyers. Tides were four to eight feet above normal.
The storm originated in a low pressure area over the Gulf of Mexico. Before it blew itself out, the low had whipped up winds of seventy miles an hour.