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because we're so caught up in all our day to-day problems," Dr. Frank says. The last big blow to hit Tampa came in 1921, long before the recent boom of retirement homes and condominiums. Although the population was only about 20,000, the stormstill causeda milliondollarsin dam age (in 1921 dollars). "Some argue that in its entire history Tampa has only experienced three se vere hurricanes,"Dr. Frank notes. "And they're right. "But man, it only takes one."