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Hurricane Andrew - August 24th, 1992


Winds at landfall 165mph, gusts to 180mph, 10 mile wide eye, 16.9ft storm surge,922mb.
Highest unofficial gust 178mph.
Briefly hit winds of 170mph just east of Eleuthera Island (recon).

Andrew damage

The following statistics are from the aftermath of the 2nd most
costly natural disaster in U.S. history behind Katrina 2005.

**The damage**

  • Obliterated 102 miles of power lines & 300 towers
  • 25,000 gallons of oil spilled into Biscayne Bay
  • 7 million fish killed due to depleted oxygen in waterways
  • 8% of all Florida agriculture destroyed
  • 300 square miles of total devastation
  • Directly after Andrew 1.3 million without electricity
  • 2,200 traffic lights destroyed
  • 90%of small businesses destroyed
  • 1 Billion dollars damage in Louisiana
  • 25 Billion dollars damage in Florida
  • In Homestead 80% of homes destroyed
  • 10,000 acres of nurseries ruined
  • 100,000 homes damaged
  • 63,000 homes badly damaged

The People Affected

  • In Homestead 7,500 families left homeless out of 26,000
  • After the storm phone systems overwhelmed with 80,000 calls per minute
  • Calls to police before Andrew 1,500 per day & after Andrew 6,000 per day
  • 14% of Dade County residents temporarily unemployed
  • 300,000 homeless right after the storm
  • 41 killed as a direct result of the storm
  • 140,000 unemployed in Florida
  • 1 week after Andrew 300,000 still without power

Funeral Procession

  • Naomi Browning, 12, hit by beam
  • Videl Perez, 49 & Francisco Sospedra, 72, both thrown from trailer
  • Robert Moak, 32, drowned
  • Miguel Pulido, 62, crushed
  • Andrew Roberts, 30, crushed
  • Claude Owens, 46, neck injury
  • Robert Ramos, 40, hit by flying debris
  • Gladys Porter, 91, crushed
  • Mary Cowan, 67, crushed
  • Harry Boyer, 67, crushed
  • Jesse James, 46, crushed
  • Natividad Rohena, 57, crushed
  • Tommy Van, 36, drowned
  • Herbert Engleman, 55, lightning
  • John Byers, 22, head injury
  • Henry Bush, 41, hit by debris
  • Carlos Cabrera, 63, tornado
  • Jessica Tomlinson, 20, head injuries
  • Tuan Hoang, 33 & Sau Van Duong 26 both drowned in Gulf of Mexico
  • Telford Neely, 16, flying debris
  • Avaro Pedican & Beverly Moss, no ages, flying debris
  • Yvonne Cash, 37, drowned
  • Many others not listed

Relief & Assistance

  • Free meals served within 10 days: 1.7 million
  • Supplied by the military within 1 week: 98 helicopters, 1,300 vehicles, 1,333 tents enough to house 27,000 people, 30 portable kitchens, 100,000 blankets, 38,500 cots
  • 65 million dollars spent by Red Cross
  • 7,000 National Guard troops
  • 22,000 U.S. Military Troops, the largest U.S. military operation ever in this country
  • Many local grocers as well as fast food restaurants donated food
  • Lykes Brothers donated 100,000 hot dogs
  • Tropicana sent 3,200 cases of juice & 6 water tankers
  • President Bush announces 300 million dollars of aid for FEMA assistance
  • Help poured in from all over the country, from small towns to large corporations
  • People from Broward & Palm Beach Counties convoyed help & donations to the needy.

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