It's not the first time I've seen the film based on a Category 1 Hurricane, which occurred just off the East Coast of America 22 years ago. The film centres around the sinking of the Andrea Gail a fishing boat that was caught up in the middle of the storm.
Taken from Wikipedia
The 1991 Perfect Storm, also known as the Halloween Nor'easter of 1991, and (especially in the years immediately after it took place) as The No-Name Storm, was a nor'easter that absorbed Hurricane Grace and ultimately evolved back into a small unnamed hurricane late in its life cycle. The initial area of low pressure developed off Atlantic Canada on October 28. Forced southward by a ridge to its north, it reached its peak intensity as a large and powerful cyclone. The storm lashed the East Coast of the United States with high waves and
There is a book about this storm that I might look out for at some point in the future.