Remembering Andrew

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Hurricane Season
2:47 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

This Is What It Sounds Like To Be In A Category 5 Hurricane

Hurricane Andrew in 1992 was the last Category 5 hurricane to hit the continental U.S.
Credit 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.

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Remembering Andrew
5:25 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Remembering Andrew: Hurricane Party

Looking down Bird Road at trees damaged by Hurricane Andrew.
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.

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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
5:06 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Remembering Andrew: The Old Radio

The radio Geoffrey Philp inherited from his mother.
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.

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Remembering Andrew
4:59 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Voices of Hurricane Andrew: The Question

In addition to collecting stories for the “Voices of Andrew” archive, University of Miami professor Eugene Provenzo also created a collage of photos of signs painted on houses after 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.”

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Remembering Andrew
4:46 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

The Best Intentions...

Displaced people look through boxes of aid after Hurricane Andrew.
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.

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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

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
11:52 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Bryan Norcross: Lack Of Radio Access During Hurricane Is A Public Safety Issue

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.

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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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