Photo -- NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center.
Hurricane Andrew off the coast of Florida. To download Hurricane Andrew Time Series movie by Nathan Gasser of NASA, click here. (MPEG 660k)
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.
In all, the storm caused 52 deaths directly or indirectly and $28.5-billion in property damage, making it the costliest disaster in U.S history.
More than 250,000 people were displaced; 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
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