24 years ago, a teeny tiny, but extremely powerful hurricane named Andrew slammed into Miami-Dade county, wreaking havoc on the residents of the Miami metro area.

Homes were completely flattened as the 155 mph winds roared outside and residents inside the homes prayed for survival.

Hurricane Andrew came ashore, August 24th, 1992, killing almost a dozen people in Miami-Dade County and leaving 1.3 million households without power.

Andrew caused power outages as far north as Palm Beach county and left Key West unscathed.

However, Miami’s outlying suburbs, most notably, Homestead, didn’t fare as well. Homes were flattened, roofs were ripped off, storage units were leveled, trees were uprooted and life seemed to come to a standstill.

Evacuations caused more than 700,000 residents to evacuate the coastal communities and flee inland.

Hurricane Andrew’s impact is still lasting. After Andrew, building codes were toughened, especially in South Florida where homes were now being constructed of cinder blocks and roofs being reinforced with Spanish tiles.

Most buildings in Florida today have to be able to withstand at least a category 3 hurricane.

Take a look at the video above to truly grasp why meteorologists don’t play around with tropical systems.

Source: Miami Herald



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