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After the storm: Hurricane Andrew ten years later

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On Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew slammed into South Florida, devastating Homestead, Florida City and parts of Miami, then continued northwest across the Gulf of Mexico to strike the Louisiana coastline.
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[Times photo: Jim Stem 1992]
Aerial of a mobile home community in the Homestead area, destroyed by Hurricane Andrew.

In all, the storm caused 15 deaths directly, 25 deaths indirectly and $30-billion in property damage, making it the costliest disaster in U.S history.

photoHurricane Andrew off the coast of Florida. To see a time series movie by Nathan Gasser of NASA, click here.

[Photo: NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center]

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More than 250,000 people were left homeless; 82,000 businesses were destroyed or damaged; about 100,000 residents of south Dade County permanently left the area in Andrew's wake. Andrew also had a severe impact on the environment -- it damaged 33 percent of the coral reefs at Biscayne National Park, and 90 percent of South Dade's native pinelands, mangroves and tropical hardwood hammocks. It also created 30 years worth of debris.