10 years later, Hurricane Andrew gains strength©Associated Press
August 22, 2002
MIAMI -- Scientists now think Hurricane Andrew's winds were at least 10 mph faster than previously thought, making it the third Category 5 storm to hit the United States in recorded history.
Hurricane forecasters and researchers planned to announce the change of the 1992 hurricane's intensity today, said Frank Lepore, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Researchers now think Andrew crossed the 155 mph threshold for a Category 5, with some saying its winds may have reached 165 mph.
Andrew killed 43 people and caused $30.5-billion in damage.
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