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~ Hurricane Andrew -- 1992 ~

On August 24, 1992 at 5:00 A.M. Hurricane Andrew hit the Florida Coast South of Miami in Homestead Florida. With Sustained winds of 145 mph, gusts were recored at 164 mph in Coral Gables. Andrew crossed the state moving at 18 mph. Hurricane force winds extended up to Pompano Bch Florida and Naples and South to Vaca Key. 48 total deaths were atributed to Andrew in the Bahamas, Florida and Louisiana. Andrew was the costliest and most destructive Hurricane so far, with damage estimates of more then 25 Billion dollars. Florida Agricultural industry loss was 1.04 billion. Ninety percent of all homes in Dade County had roof damage and 117,000 homes were destroyed or had major damage. Andrews pressure bottomed out at 27.23 inches the third lowest this century in the Atlantic Ocean. Andrew then moved out into the Gulf of Mexico and turned NW and headed to Louisiana. Andrew slowed to about 8 Knots. Andrew made landfall in a lightly populated area of Southern Louisiana about 20 miles southwest of Morgan City as a category 3 Hurricane. Andrew weakened to a tropical depression within 12 hours of the Louisiana landfall.

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