The Perfect Storm: 20 years later

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When the 1991 Halloween nor'easter — the "Perfect Storm" — swept up the coast of New England 20 years ago, Ruben Colon was 13, living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, far away from Maine's coastal waters.

Now, as a boat coxswain for the Coast Guard, he knows that when the next big storm occurs, he and his crew will be on the front line, saving lives and property.

"We're a heavy weather station," Colon said of his Coast Guard Station South Portland. "That's what we do."

Click here for the full report by Maine’s Morning Sentinel.

In another anniversary story by a local paper, the Watertown Daily News of upstate New York interviewed a Coast Guard veteran who participated in the storm response.

“Harrowing craziness. That’s the only way I can explain it,” Shawn D. Sullivan told the newspaper.
Sullivan and the 80-man crew aboard the Coast Guard cutter Tamaroa were right in the middle of it.

Click here for that report.