TAMPA, Fla. - A century ago, the 1921 hurricane made landfall in Tarpon Springs, packing 120-mile-per-hour winds, a storm surge of 11 feet, and claiming the lives of eight – including children. That was the last time the Tampa Bay area took a direct hit from a major hurricane.
This was before the Saffir Simpson Wind Scale. If it did exist, experts said the storm would've been deemed a Category 3. At the time, it caused upwards of $2 million in damage.
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