Hurricane Andrew

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.

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.


Hurricane Andrew: Your Stories, Collected Here

Aug 25, 2012
Florida State Archives

We received several hundred responses when we called out to our audience for stories about Hurricane Andrew.  As we learned while doing the “Remembering Andrew” project, people who experienced Hurricane Andrew still have vivid memories they are eager to share.

Putting One Foot in Front of Another

Aug 25, 2012
Mark Reagan

Mark Reagan sent us this personal essay after we asked listeners to share their experiences of Hurricane Andrew. Reagan is now the cops and courts reporter for the Brownsville Herald.

I was 8 when Andrew charged at us with its fury. I lived with my parents and two sisters in a house on Jamaica Drive in Cutler Ridge.

Miami Herald

Today is the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew in South Florida. The culmination of our “Remembering Andrew” project is our one hour documentary special, hosted by Kenny Malone and Alicia Zuckerman, with production help from Sammy Mack, Trina Sargalski and the entire WLRN-Miami Herald News team.

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Last week, WLRN premiered part of its “Remembering Andrew” radio documentary Thursday to an audience at Miami Science Museum.

Bryan Norcross was an invited guest.  Norcross, of course, became famous for his ongoing coverage of and guidance during the storm.

During a panel discussion following the airing of the first part of the special, Norcross talked about his memories of the people he talked to during the storm and the region’s struggles afterward.

Remembering Andrew: Days Of No Ice

Aug 23, 2012
Hurricane Andrew: Path of Destruction commemorative book, circa 1992

After Hurricane Andrew, ice became a precious commodity and a flashpoint of conflict.

Power was out, food was spoiling/rotting, and federal aid hadn’t arrived yet.

Deborah Gray Mitchell spent those first sticky days cleaning up debris outside her home in Belle Meade.

My friend brought us this gallon jug of ice, and in that gallon jug where it had melted a little bit was a little bit of water that that we could use to whet our whistle. It was just the most refreshing, happiest moment of my life to have a nice, cold drink of water.

Describe Andrew

Aug 16, 2012

Throughout the course of reporting the Remembering Andrew series we’ve been asking a few of the same questions about Hurricane Andrew to virtually everybody we interview. Things like:

When did you know it was time to take Andrew seriously?

When did you know Andrew had truly arrived?

But there’s one question in particular, that seems to trip people up:

What did you see the moment you stepped out of your door after Andrew?