Sharing our stories for the 20th anniversary of Andrew.
- My most vivid memory of the events surrounding Hurricane Andrew, besides the visual and physical devastation we have become all too familiar with over the years was, after walking across the pool/patio to my Dad's house, to find him up on a step ladder, replacing a broken lightbulb!... of all things!!!, that would not get power for over 6 weeks!!!... It was hilarious moment of levity amidst the destruction of that day... I miss you, Viejo!!!!! Tonight, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, at our house, by turning all the power off, eating outside by candlelight, cooking with gas and charcoal, enjoy the pool, turn on the generator for background "noise", like we did for so many days, and sit around and talk with each other, sing songs with guitars, and praise God for all the blessings he continues to rain down on us........:)
- A message scrolled to President Bush on a rooftop after Hurricane Andrew. Homestead, FL. (Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida)
- A boat that washed ashore during Hurricane Andrew.
- A quote from WLRN-MIami Herald News listener, Felix Martinez:
“So as we drive into the Grove, we are met with the image of a boat in the middle of the road, so that was kind of shocking, and then right when I turn around to the front and we turn the corner, we see the National Guard. So we are thinking like we’re in some really bad sci-fi movie, it’s a really creepy situation when you’re seeing watercraft on a highway.”
- I remember the details of the storm with scary vividness. It is forever etched into my mind and is in part why I am the way I am. I have phobias I never had before Andrew, I am affected by little things that never bothered me before the storm. I learned many life lessons from this storm. In some ways it made me stronger; 6 months with no power or running water, or housing that included windows and a roof and comfortable flooring, making 3 small children feel special about Christmas with no real presents other than each other, learning how to survive without employment, and cook food on a grill till the propane ran out. It taught me to be cautious and not so trusting after the looters and thiefs rumaged around looking for what could be taken instead of doing without like the rest of us struggling, crooked contrators, people selling ice for 10.00 bag, then I also learned of compassion from the people who only wanted to help, making friends with neighbors we once only waved to in passing, I learned how to be more generous and desired to help others, so many life lessons learned in this storm.
- i remember this clear as a bell. on this night 20yrs ago, i was carrying a laundry basket and walking thru my bedroom. the tv was on and my husband was watching the weather. i remember stopping in my tracks and saying " what the heck is that?" it looked like a buzz saw taking aim right at us. the weather people said we didnt need to worry it was not going to impact us. so i forgot about it and continued doing the laundry. it was a weds. fri i went to work like normal, had a normal day at work, said " have a nice weekend everybody, see u monday" i never saw those people again, my job was gone by monday along w/everything else
- WLRN Miami Herald News producer/reporter Trina Sargalski (then 14) stands in front of her family's West Kendall house after Andrew.
- Twenty years ago from tomorrow night, the eye of Hurricane Andrew went directly over my parents' home in Homestead, Florida as a Category 5 storm, one of the strongest hurricanes in US history. Many of my friends lost their homes and nearly lost their lives. Travelling from Tallahassee with supplies for my parents several days after the storm, it took me hours to find my home of 20 years after navigating the debris. There were no landmarks. It looked like a nuclear bomb hit. Wild animals escaped from zoos and dangers were everywhere. People were cut off from civilization without power for months, forced to guard with shotguns what was left of their belongings. Mom and Dad shared what we brought with neighbors, and neighbors shared what little they had left with others. It brought out the best and worst in people. There were miracles, too. Now, Mom and Dad live here in Tallahassee. So many lives were forever changed. We will NEVER forget...
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- Sandra Boyd Lieurance VeilMy husband is retired from FPL now but at the time Andrew he was still working. We lived a mile off the Air Force Base in Homestead. He kept insisting on me...My husband is retired from FPL now but at the time Andrew he was still working. We lived a mile off the Air Force Base in Homestead. He kept insisting on me leaving but I wasn't going to leave without him and he was on call. FPL did call and said he wouldn't have to work but by then it was way too late to head out of town. So we hunkered down in our little concrete house with the flat roof. At about 1 am I woke him and my daughter up to go into the center of the house, well needless to say by the time was over us and it was calm outside we moved from that room to the bathroom, we had already lost our shed part of our roof, all the neighbors yelled back and forth to each other then we all went back inside our homes for the second round. I will never forget the howling wind and freight train sounds it still haunts me to this day when we have rain and lightening storms where we live now. I don't believe we came out of the bathroom till after 9am because we weren't sure it was over. But my heart sank when I walked through the house and saw all the glass and water, then walked outside and it looked like a bulldozer had gone through and took out all the trees and bushes. Not one bird or frog was heard. We could hear traffic coming from somewhere with no trees blocking the sound of the turnpike. The next few nights us the neighbors patrolled our street. One of our elderly neighbors was stuck in her house and my husband went down and cleared the debris so she could get out of her house. Thank goodness we had a dulley and was able to pull trees out of the street so people could get out of the neighborhood. So here I sit watching Isaac to see what he's going to decide what to do. At least we now live in the center of the state and only been hit once by Jeanne in 2005 and that was a walk in the park compared to Andrew. We get gusts of 30-40mph winds in our summer rain storms and I still can't stand the sound of it. I did only stay in Leisure City for a week then took my daughter and my husband's 3 daughters to W.Palm and stayed in a hotel for a month with my dog. My husband had to go back to work two days after the storm and was working 24/7 putting power lines back up from out by the Indian reservation to Coral Gables. Needless to say I didn't see him much. We did rebuild and bought 3 damaged houses and rebuilt them. Then we sold and moved 5 yrs later to Highlands county. I love it here, and only been back to Homestead 4 times in the past 20 yrs. It's not what I remember and won't be back again....more2012-08-26T12:09:31.937Z
- George BishopricI was just moving to South Beach the weekend of Andrew. Friday night before the storm, forecasters were saying it was coming. To me, that meant it was not...I was just moving to South Beach the weekend of Andrew. Friday night before the storm, forecasters were saying it was coming. To me, that meant it was not going to happen. I had no radio, no TV in my new place, and went about the business of moving. Had a Sunday brunch planned, and was surprised when my friend called to cancel because of the storm. I went downstairs, and found my building was pretty well empty. The stores were mostly closed. The nearest hardware stores had marked up everything storm-related about 1000%, except for the "botanica" candles, so I bought a bunch. Evacuated to Boca, where the storm was suppose to hit and spent the night in my former home. It seemed like such a minor thing, until a few hours later......when news from South Miami displaced Chanel 7's intense coverage of torn awnings and disappointingly intact trailers in Hollywood.more2012-08-24T00:01:22.053Z