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Hurricane Andrew (1992)

  • By: Kelly Burkholder-Allen
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Hurricane Andrew made landfall near Homestead, Florida, on August 24, 1992, at approximately 5:00 A.M. as a Category 4 hurricane, which more than a decade later would be upgraded to Category 5 status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. Tracking toward southeast Florida, the storm made two quick passes over the Bahamas and narrowly missed making a landfall in the Florida Keys. Hurricane Andrew battered the southeast coast of Florida, but this relatively dry and compact storm was most destructive while on land. Dumping minimal amounts of rain—approximately three to six inches—it moved swiftly to the west, heading across the Florida peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico. It eventually made landfall two days later near Morgan City, Louisiana, as a Category 3 Hurricane. Despite causing ...

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