Hurricane Andrew: 29 Years Since Monster Category 5 Storm Devastated South Dade

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On this time successful 1992, which was 29 years ago, Hurricane Andrew smashed into South Florida, pummeled southbound Miami-Dade, causing $30 cardinal successful harm and much than 40 deaths.

For many, it was a nighttime of panic arsenic pelting rains and whipping winds wrought destruction, leveling immoderate neighborhoods successful the pre-dawn hours.

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Hurricane Andrew made landfall successful Homestead connected August 24, 1992, arsenic a monster Category 5 tempest with sustained upwind speeds arsenic precocious arsenic 165 mph and gusts arsenic precocious arsenic 174 mph.

It was the most-costly earthy catastrophe successful the past of the U.S. astatine the time, not to beryllium surpassed until Hurricane Katrina 13 years later. There was unspeakable nonaccomplishment mirrored tens of thousands of times over.

They virtually had to rebuild full cities crossed South Florida.

Life was hard aft the storm. There was nary powerfulness astatine location oregon work. No phones. No stores. No jobs.

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The politician of Homestead estimated astir fractional his municipality left. The devastated Air Force basal successful Homestead closed. Much of the mediate people disappeared.

Andrew destroyed much than 63,500 houses, damaged much than 124,000 others.

Those who stayed were determined to rebuild. Federal funds, grants, and a boost from security checks and income taxation funded a station hurricane gathering boom.

Andrew is 1 of lone four hurricanes to marque landfall successful the United States arsenic a Category 5 since 1900. The others are the 1935 Florida Keys Labor Day storm, Hurricane Camille successful 1969, and Hurricane Michael successful 2018.

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When the 1992 hurricane play ended, the sanction Andrew was removed from the database of aboriginal names for Atlantic tropical cyclones and replaced with Alex. The name Andrew will ne'er beryllium utilized for different Atlantic hurricane again.

CBSMiami.com Team

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