Hurricane Andrew Essay

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Hurricanes are notoriously capricious. Andrew was a compact system. A little larger system, or one making landfall just a few nautical miles further to the north, would have been catastrophic for heavily populated, highly commercialized and no less vulnerable areas to the north. That area includes downtown Miami, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne and
Fort Lauderdale. Andrew also left the highly vulnerable New Orleans region relatively unscathed.      Andrew moved nearly due westward when over land and crossed the extreme southern portion of the Florida peninsula in about four hours. Although the hurricane weakened about one category on the during the transit over land, and the pressure rose to about 950 mb, Andrew was
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Rainfall totals in excess of seven inches were recorded in southeast Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Rainfall amounts near five inches occurred in several neighboring states. Hammond, Louisiana reported the highest total, 11.92 inches. The number of deaths directly attributed to Andrew is 26. The additional indirect loss of life brought the death toll to 65. A combination of good hurricane preparedness and evacuation programs likely helped minimize the loss of life.
Nevertheless, the fact that no lives were lost in the United States due to storm surge is viewed as a fortunate aberration.
     Damage is estimated at $25 billion. Andrew's impact on southern Dade County,
Florida was extreme from the Kendall district southward through Homestead and Florida
City, to near Key Largo. Andrew reportedly destroyed 25,524 homes and damaged
101,241 others. The Dade County Grand Jury reported that ninety percent of all mobile homes in south Dade County were totally destroyed. In Homestead, more than 99% (1167 of 1176) of all mobile homes were completely destroyed. The Miami Herald reported half a billion in losses to boats in southeast Florida. The damage to Louisiana is estimated at $1 billion. Damage in the Bahamas has been estimated at quarter of a billion. Damage in the
Gulf of Mexico is preliminarily estimated at half a billion. Ocean Oil reported the following
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