Andrew made landfall on Aug. 24, 1992 as a Category 5 hurricane, ravaging Homestead and much of southern Miami-Dade. It tore off roofs, blew out windows and doors, and sent trees flying.
In the end, more than 60 people had died, more than 25,500 homes were destroyed and only nine mobile homes in all of Homestead were still intact. And local weatherman Bryan Norcross was the soothing voice who took us through it all. We talked with Bryan about his memories of the storm and also asked you what your strongest memory is of that morning. Here’s what a couple of you said:
During the eye of the storm, our neighbor was walking around holding a door that he found in his backyard, asking if anyone’s door had been ripped off. No one knew whose door it was.
I was 15 years old and watched my dad cry for the first time in my life as he saw the only house he ever bought, imploded and flattened. Also the howling wind during the hurricane…will never forget that sound.
Read more memories and share yours here.
Want a way to commemorate that day? You can head to HistoryMiami’s Hurricane Andrew exhibit tonight — it’s free for all Miami-Dade County residents. Norcross and Lizette Alvarez, the NYT’s Miami bureau chief, will be sharing their stories.
By the way, we’re smack in the middle of the season. Are you prepared?
The sounds of Andrew. Andrew survivors have a ton of stories to tell, and WLRN collected them. Listen in.
No more old school. When Andrew struck, people were still watching weatherman Bryan Norcross on battery-powered TVs. We’ve had 25 years of technological advances since then, and that means things will be real different when the next one hits. (Miami Herald)
Makeover. Homestead High School’s football field became a temporary tent city for scores of homeless locals after the storm. This year, it got a much-needed facelift. The dedication for Harris Field is today, followed by the first game on the new turf. (Miami Herald)
Explore your backyard like a tourist with the know-how of a local. Sit poolside, eat fancy, and spa it up for a true summer staycay. Learn More ».
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Blame it on the budget cuts. Things like getting a marriage license and paying traffic tickets are about to get much harder in Miami-Dade. Starting Sept. 8, the county’s Clerk of Courts will have less staff at eight major courthouses. What does that mean for you? Long AF lines and shorter hours. (Miami New Times)
Say this ten times fast. Croquetapalooza is a thing and it’s happening this weekend. Restaurants from around SoFlo and the country will be facing off to see who makes this Miami staple best. Bring on the jamon! (Miami.com)
Rest in peace. Miami has lost one of its shining stars. Twenty-six-year-old Alexandra Noghaven died in Mexico City last week. The Miami native co-founded Rüf Reads, an open mic in Little Haiti for young writers that left a mark on the city. She will be missed. (Miami Herald)
Get ready for Drink & Draw, art walks, open galleries, and puppy brunch Sept. 8-10 at this year’s downtown Art Days. Learn More ».
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Be the change. The Root will be in Miami tonight talking climate change gentrification in the Magic City. Our very own Mario Ariza, who has reported for us on climate change and sea level rise, will be on the panel. Check it out.
Hack the future of transit. The future of Miami transit doesn’t start and end in the urban core. Explore new and sustainable strategies for mobility in Miami with the people leading transit innovation at the Live.Ride.Share. conference tomorrow August 25.
🚍 8/25: Live. Ride. Share. Miami.
🍴 8/25: Croquetapalooza
🚴 8/25: Magic City Bike Party
🍻 8/26: Wynwood Beer Festival
☕ 8/27: Sunday sesh at The Box
🎵 8/28: Coldplay at Hard Rock Stadium
🏢 8/29: WeWork: Ponce De Leon Open House
🎶 8/31: The Listening Den
🚌 8/31: Transit Jam
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