25 years ago, south Florida was feeling the wrath of a category 5 hurricane named Andrew.

The storm created record destruction in one of America’s most densely populated areas.

Andrew was a tight, compact storm that stalled out prior to coming ashore and grew into a monster hurricane with sustained winds of 155mph.

The trail of destruction was felt most in Homestead, Florida where homes were flattened and trees were left bare.

25 years later building codes have been improved, evacuation plans have been rewritten, and anyone who went through Andrew doesn’t play games with landfalling hurricanes.

In total, it destroyed more than 63,500 houses, damaged more than 101,000 others, caused $26.5 billion in damages, and left 65 people dead.


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