Under the Sun

Remembering Andrew
5:12 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Remembering Andrew: Richard McCormick

Richard McCormick holding up an image of the wreckage Andrew left behind.
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.

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Remembering Andrew
4:34 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

The Consul

The report Philip Grice, British consul-general, wrote about Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Click on the picture to read the full document. (Thanks to current consul-general, Kevin McGurgan, for showing us this document.)
Kevin McGurgan
  • A British diplomat and a diary of Hurricane Andrew.

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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Remembering Andrew
9:34 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Hurricane Andrew: Your Stories, Collected Here

Homes in Homestead after Hurricane Andrew.
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.

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Remembering Andrew
11:28 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Putting One Foot in Front of Another

Mark Reagan in elementary school–he’s in front, wearing a black t-shirt. (Photo courtesy of Mark Reagan.)
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.

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Remembering Andrew
10:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Remembering Andrew: Listen To The One-Hour Documentary

Credit 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.

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Remembering Andrew
11:38 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Remembering Andrew: Days Of No Ice

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.

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Remembering Andrew
11:19 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Describe Andrew

Word art generated by the descriptions of Hurricane Andrew used in this radio story.
Wordle

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?

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Remembering Andrew
11:12 am
Wed August 15, 2012

In Case Of Emergency, Don't Call Me

Coconuts/stock photo
Trina Sargalski

You may think you know how you’d react during an emergency.  Andrea Askowitz thought she did.  Then came Hurricane Andrew.

Askowitz one of the co-founders of the Lip Service series in Miami.  During these performances, ordinary people tell true stories about their lives–on stage. Andrea Askowitz brings us her own true story about August 1992.  It’s called “In Case of Emergency.”

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Remembering Andrew
11:25 am
Thu August 9, 2012

The Old Cul-de-Sac Where Hurricane Survivors Became Family

The cul-de-sac barbecue on the fifith anniversary of Hurricane Andrew.
Lisa Mongelia

We’ve been listening to your stories and memories of Hurricane Andrew and life afterward. Many people have told us that one of their strongest memories from after the storm is how neighbors–who might have usually just walked from their car to their door without saying hello–banded together.

In one Cutler Bay neighborhood, people were already friendly and helpful. As the storm was coming, they helped each other put up shutters. But after the storm, the neighbors became a kind of surrogate family.

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Remembering Andrew
11:09 am
Thu August 9, 2012

The Jock

Men work on a home damaged by Hurricane Andrew.
Florida State Archives

We’re psyched to be able to share a piece of archival Hurricane Andrew ephemera from a familiar voice for some South Florida radio listeners. Joe Johnson  has been a DJ at Majic 102.7 for the last 25 years. He hosts the nationally syndicated “Beatle Brunch” show.

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Remembering Andrew
1:21 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Kindness Awards

A nomination for a “Kindness Award” received by Homestead councilwoman Judy Waldman.
WLRN

One of the themes that’s emerged as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, is how the storm inspired a lot of good intentions, as well as just pure kindness.

In 2002, Homestead sought to commemorate the tenth year anniversary of the storm. The area had been, by far, the hardest hit during the storm.

Judy Waldman was on the Homestead City Council the year Homestead was planning the commemoration.

She said what struck her most about the time following the hurricane was the way people had banded together and helped their neighbors and strangers.

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Remembering Andrew
11:47 am
Wed August 1, 2012

One Tough Little Girl

Susan Holtzman with a photo of her daughter, Elise.
Luc Cohen

For Susan Holtzman, the really terrifying parts of Hurricane Andrew didn’t begin until the day after the storm.  Susan was nine months pregnant at Baptist Hospital in Kendall.  It was the day before she was due to give birth.

She compares what she saw to a movie:

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Remembering Andrew
1:46 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Lost and Found

Manny Alen's plane after Hurricane Andrew.
Hurricane Andrew: Path of Destruction

When Hurricane Andrew hit, Debbie Wehking from Kendall was relieved that the people in her life were okay, but as the years went by, Wehking started to miss some of the things Andrew took away.

It’s only as time has past that I’ve realized that little things can have an important sentimental value.

We asked you what you lost during Hurricane Andrew that was of sentimental value.    WLRN-Miami Herald News intern, Luc Cohen, produced this story about what listeners lost during the storm.

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Remembering Andrew
12:08 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

The Flamingo Photo

The iconic image of flamingos in the Miami Metrozoo bathroom before Hurricane Andrew.
Ron Magill

One of the most iconic images of Hurricane Andrew is a photograph of flamingos, huddling on their toothpick legs in a tiled bathroom.  Ron Magill, now communications director for Zoo Miami, snapped that picture after he and other staff (of then Miami Metrozoo) rounded up the flamingos and put them in the bathroom for safety.

I remember thinking, gosh, you know, this hurricane better come after all this work because I’m working my butt off and it better not be for nothing.

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Remembering Andrew
10:19 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

The Green Blotch: Hurricane Andrew Through A Six-Year-Old's Eyes

Danny Rivero and his brother, Alexis, at their uncle’s wedding the day before Hurricane Andrew. They were furious about having to wear tuxedoes. Danny was the ring-bearer.
Danny Rivero

Danny Rivero is our social media editor here at WLRN. You don’t hear his voice on the radio, but Danny’s is the voice of WLRN on TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr.

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