A hurricane is one of the most destructive natural disasters that people in the world have to deal with every year. A hurricane is a powerful storm that starts out far in the ocean and turns into a circulating air mass that spits winds over 100 miles per hour and a ton of rain. Sometimes, hurricanes destroy houses and property well after the bad part of the storm has torn through town including golf courses.
When the storm hits, the weather stations usually give a warning in advance and the hurricane’s winds are usually the most destructive part. After the hurricane goes through an area, the area sometimes continues to get large amounts of rain causing a flooding issue. Hurricanes can also cause a coastal surge, meaning that the ocean water level rises up on the coastline.
Hurricane Andrew made landfall in South Florida on August 24, 1992 and was one of the most destructive cyclones that have ever hit the U.S. Hurricane Andrew took out over 25,000 homes and damaged over 100,000 more. The estimated costs in damages for Hurricane Andrew were over $26 billion.
Before the storm hit the government warned everyone and evacuated people all over Florida, Texas, and Louisiana. Over one million people evacuated from the Florida Keys, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.
At the time researchers thought that the fastest winds recorded were in the 140 mph range but new data in 2012 came out that the wind speeds of Hurricane Andrew reached over 160 mph officially making it a Category 5 hurricane. In the Biscayne Beach area, the average coastal water surge was 4 to 6 feet, but at the Burger King Headquarters, the water rose over 16 feet.
Hurricane Andrew first hit Southern Florida then shot up north into other parts of the country. Hammond, Louisiana recorded the highest rainfall amount at almost a foot of rain. The storm, directly and indirectly, killed 66 people and left hundreds of thousands temporarily homeless. When the next storm hits, contact us to help you with natural disaster restoration.