n the wake of Hurricane Andrew, not everyone fled north. For those who stayed behind to rebuild South Dade, the road has been tough and quite unpredictable. Much of the area looked like a bomb had gone off. As one person walked around surveying the damage in 1992 they told a CBS4 camera crew, “It’s more like a third world country down here.”
Florida International University’s International Hurricane Research Center put its Wall of Wind to the test Tuesday afternoon, demonstrating a category five hurricane with wind-driven rain inside their laboratory.
Marilyn Soltanipour’s little piece of paradise is in Pembroke Pines, a community that saw tremendous growth after Hurricane Andrew devastated parts of Miami-Dade County 20 years ago.
Ninety-year-old Ruth Campbell and 10 other people and an organization received “Kindness Awards” from the City of Homestead on Tuesday in a ceremony at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Champion’s Club. It honored good deeds and acts of kindness just days before the 20th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew.
Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill reflects back on the damage caused by Hurricane Andrew.
On August 24, 1992 a Category 5 monster Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida turning its full force on South Miami-Dade County. Bill and Sandy Zinn’s home in Homestead was completely destroyed, but the memories of Andrew live on.
Miami Herald photographers recall the stories behind their iconic images of Hurricane Andrew.
Surviving Hurricane Andrew was traumatic for most of those who lived through it, but especially for the children of Andrew who lost some of their innocence in the storm. In the months and years after the hurricane, some would run for cover in their homes when thunderstorms struck while others would have nightmares of another hurricane threatening South Florida.
While South Florida breathes a sigh of relief that no big storms have come near us this Atlantic Hurricane Season, many will also remember that 20-years ago this week Hurricane Andrew formed in the Atlantic and smashed into South Florida on August 24th causing billions in damage and dozens of deaths.
It may be hard to believe for some, but August 2012 marks 20 years since Hurricane Andrew stuck South Florida, changing the course of history in the area forever.