Hurricane Andrew

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Think about how much life has changed since Hurricane Andrew, some 24 years ago. We likely had that wall phone in the kitchen with the really, really, really long cord. We got most of our news from television, radio or newspapers. The web was something Spiderman produced as he battled villains. 

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Admit it, some of you were watching every single update on Hurricane Danny. Your heart perhaps skipped a beat or two every time the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration kept boosting Danny all the way up to a category three.

As of this post, Monday afternoon, Danny had winds up to 30 mph and was expected to bring a few inches of rain to Puerto Rico and Haiti this week.

Palm Beach Post archives

It was a monster.

First, it hit the Caribbean. And once it touched down in the United States, its victims were mostly African-American. When the waters rose and the levee broke, there was nowhere to go. 

This isn't New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago. This is Palm Beach County during the Great Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928. It was one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history, and yet it's been largely forgotten.

“Most Americans have no clue what happened,” says Palm Beach Post reporter and South Florida historian Eliot Kleinberg.

Courtesy of Jodi and Zach Ziskin

This is a story about a song. So you really kind of have to hear it. Check it out: 

Just before Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc in Miami-Dade County in 1992, Zach Ziskin had left South Florida for the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His cousin, Bruce Berman, rode out the storm in a closet in Country Walk, while the house he was in blew apart all around him. 

Maria Murriel / WLRN

The Pentagon hosted a robotics competition at the Homestead Miami Speedway over the weekend. It’s being called the "Robot Olympics."

Teams from all over the world came to prove their robots’ agility at the Robotics Challenge trials. The teams whose robots earn the top scores would get a shot at winning $2 million in the finals next year.

But the games are about much more than the cash:

NOAA / Satellite and Information Service

We're now more than halfway through the Atlantic hurricane season and -- knock on wood -- no Atlantic hurricanes yet. Depending on how long this continues, 2013 stands a chance of setting a record for "Latest First Atlantic Hurricane" in history.

C. DiMattei

With all the unknowns attached to the 2013 hurricane season, there’s at least one thing that’s down in black and white:  the 21 names chosen for this year’s tropical storms.

The first name up: “Andrea.”

Gulp.

Strike the last letter, add a “w” and you’ve got the name of the 1992 hurricane that killed 65 people and caused an estimated $26 billion worth of damage. 

I learned a few things after Andrew. I did not have my supplies prepared and had to go through the hassle of getting some of the items needed for survival. So with hurricane season officially beginning today, the idea with the list below is that you can stock up during the early part of the season for all these items, and you'll be good to go when it hits.

Many of us who live in the tropics do not seem to bother to get ready for the season until a storm start to approach, and then watch out. The idea here is to get yourself ready without breaking the bank. 

Jay Koenigsberg

Anyone visiting the National Hotel on South Beach during Art Basel this week will get a rare peek inside the Miami Marine Stadium.

The Marine Stadium was built off the Miami mainland on Virginia Key in the 1960s. It was originally used for boat racing and then later for concerts and even religious services.

Remembering Andrew: Hurricane Party

Oct 1, 2012
Cory McDonald (Florida State Archives)

If you’re a regular listener to WLRN, you might recognize the voice of Phil Latzman, anchor and host at WLRN.  Phil also happens to be one of NPR’s go-to guys whenever there’s a hurricane anyplace near South Florida. But it wasn’t always that way.

On the weekend before Hurricane Andrew hit in August 1992, Phil was young, living on South Beach, having a good time, playing basketball, going to the beach and listening to a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Remembering Andrew: Richard McCormick

Oct 1, 2012
Luc Cohen

Under the Sun tells the stories of South Florida, and there’s no bigger South Florida story in recent history than Hurricane Andrew. Around 5:05 a.m. on  August 24th, 1992, Andrew made landfall near the Homestead Air Force Base, and  changed lives everywhere.

WLRN-Miami Herald News Reporter, Kenny Malone, spoke to a retired Army Colonel and semi-retired veterinarian, Richard McCormick, about his experience when the Category 5 winds arrived and it was raining cats and dogs.

Remembering Andrew: The Old Radio

Oct 1, 2012
Geoffrey Philp

As part of our “Remembering Andrew” series, we’re telling small stories about one of the biggest events in South Florida history.  The series will run every week until August 24th, the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew.

Voices of Hurricane Andrew: The Question

Oct 1, 2012
Eugene Provenzo/University of Miami

 

We’ve been collecting stories about Hurricane Andrew from people around South Florida for our “Remembering Andrew” series. We’ve also been combing through a lot of archival sound and video, including an archive we found called “Voices of Andrew.”

The Best Intentions...

Oct 1, 2012
Miami-Dade County Help Dept. Collection, Florida State Archives

While we were working on ideas for stories to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, WLRN Miami Herald News journalist Rick Stone found some old tapes of his reporting after the storm.  He reported many radio stories after Hurricane Andrew (you can hear some of those original stories on the players below), but one in particular inspired us.

The Consul

Oct 1, 2012
Kevin McGurgan

There is a loud explosion as the roof is torn off. In my two years in Florida, this is the first time I have felt cold.

 

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