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I was only about a year old when Hurricane Andrew hit back in 1992, but my parents still speak of the destruction it caused. For those of you who don't know much about it or the impact it left behind, let me go ahead and give you a basic overview. Well, let Wikipedia go ahead give you a basic overview, rather —
"Hurricane Andrew was a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that struck the Bahamas and Florida in mid-August 1992, the most destructive hurricane to ever hit the state. It was the strongest in decades and the costliest hurricane to make landfall anywhere in the United States until it was surpassed by Katrina in 2005. Andrew caused major damage in the Bahamas and Louisiana, but the greatest impact was felt in South Florida, with sustained wind speeds as high as 165 mph (270 km/h). Passing directly through the city of Homestead in Dade County (now known as Miami-Dade County), it stripped many homes of all but their concrete foundations. In total, it destroyed more than 63,500 houses, damaged more than 124,000 others, caused $26.5 billion in damage, and left 65 people dead."
It's no surprise then that when this infographic came out comparing Hurricane Irma to Hurricane Andrew that Floridians and those in surrounding areas were terrified. I mean, take a look, I highly doubt you can blame them:
Hurricane Irma was expected to hit Florida yesterday (Sunday) morning, which it did. The latest updates as per The New York Times are as followed —
As of 11 a.m., the storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and was moving north-northwest about 70 miles east of Tallahassee, Fla..
Forecasters expect it to stay inland over Florida as it heads into Georgia, before moving on to Alabama and Tennessee.
At least four deaths were reported in Florida after the storm’s arrival on Sunday. It has left at least 27 people dead across the Caribbean.
The National Weather Service reported Monday that flooding from a storm surge in Jacksonville had exceeded a record set by Hurricane Dora in 1964.
As many as 5.8 million customers are without power across Florida. The full extent of the damage is not yet known.
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