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Twenty years ago today hurricane Andrew struck Miami as we continue to watch out for a major storm a headed in the general vicinity of Florida just in time for the GOP convention.
Hurricane Andrew was a category five monster when it struck Miami and packing 150.
Mile an hour winds it killed 26 people.
And left thirty billion dollars worth of damage in its wake Phil Keating is live from Miami with a look back for south Floridians and I was there at the time Phil.
And -- remains a defining moment.
Absolutely even to this day you either lives in Florida before Andrew.
Or after Andrew it was at 505.
AM on a Monday morning.
When the -- of this monster hurricane Andrew -- south of Miami and homestead Florida.
And within minutes it looked like a massive bomb had exploded entire neighborhoods totally flattened.
50000 homes destroyed and 90% of all the mobile homes in Miami Dade County.
Left twisted and ruined the satellite -- still looks ominous to this day of most of South Florida in the red zone as it approached.
And the cat five -- a 165.
Mile an hour winds according to the National Hurricane Center with some gusts approaching 200 miles an hour.
It cost thirty billion dollars in damage it was the most costly natural disaster of the time.
It left a quarter of a million people homeless in its path changed.
At the last moment because everyone here in Miami was thinking that -- -- actually -- strike.
North of Miami around Fort Lauderdale but at the last second.
It veered south -- homestead catching a lot of people off guard.
Well and I remember I was living in Miami at the time men and it also strengthen amazingly quickly I mean on Friday it was nothing and by the weekend it was a monster.
Absolutely a -- went from tropical storm one day to cap for.
In just 36 hours it is amazing rapid development a lot of it contributed.
By the fact that weather conditions just really allow this to happen that its path.
-- it from off -- storm surge actually peaked at nearly seventeen feet causing widespread flooding of course massive power outages.
And of course 46.
People directly killed and up to 35.
Indirectly killed in total.
Now where those those that did not evacuate.
I did not heed the warnings of the state and the federal government at the time and stayed and rode this hurricane out.
The horror stories are just amazing the survival stories are amazing even to this day twenty years later many of those people emerging from their homes like zombies.
And the upside if there is an outside Andrews that are really was a great Waco call.
Building -- now much stronger than they were back then in fact a building in this -- to Miami Dade County now has to be able to withstand.
Mile an hour winds and of course everyone's down South Florida will keep an eye on tropical storm Ike when Andrew hit.
On this -- forty years ago it was the first named tropical storm of the season and here we are today and it's.
Number ten with troubled -- George for -- yesterday -- I'll never forget and huddling in a safe house with a couple might very young kids back then and as you say.
-- out there these things can change quickly but it doesn't look at this point fingers crossed like my eyes that he's gonna turn into much of a hurricane we'll see.
As you as you point out they can bloom pretty quickly thanks --
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