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Wed Aug 24, 2022, 10:43 AM

Hurricane Andrew was 30 years ago today (amazing flamingo photo!)

This is an amazing photo.




One of only 4 Category 5 hurricanes to make landfall in U.S.


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Reply Hurricane Andrew was 30 years ago today (amazing flamingo photo!) (Original post)
FelineOverlord Aug 2022 OP
luvs2sing Aug 2022 #1
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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 10:46 AM

1. Took out my favorite restaurant in Homestead..

Captain Bobís. We used to go there for their incredible omelet breakfast on the way to Key West.

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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 10:57 AM

2. What if some of those flamingos are trans flamingos? NT

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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 10:58 AM

3. Andrew was also famous for one other thing.

It actually increased wind speed when it came ashore.

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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 11:32 AM

4. I remember it well.

Thankfully, we survived in a sturdy old house. So many were not so lucky. My son was in the National Guard patrolling Homestead.


In this file photo from Aug. 24, 1992, a group of Florida National Guardsmen from Homestead take a break while guarding the Cutler Ridge Mall hours after Hurricane Andrew blasted many of the storesí buildings. The Guardsmen had just stopped looters at the mallís damaged Payless Shoe Store. This company was in a Miami armory when the storm hit that morning, then immediately went into action. It was hours before they were allowed to call home to find out how their families fared. Chuck Fadely Miami Herald file



Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/homestead/article264086276.html#storylink=cpy



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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 11:46 AM

5. I remember it, too..

My cousin lived in South Miami n her job location was wiped away. She lost her house n moved to another state. My sister got a truck n organized the neighbors to bring food n water, blankets n all kinds of supplies so my bil could drive to a location n drop em off. I remember what it looked like n pray no one ever experiences a storm like that again. 30 years ago..canít believe it.

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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 11:49 AM

6. My Grandmother, at age 99, was living in Homestead in the house her Carpenter husband

had built in the 1930s. It, and she came through it fine, but the destruction from Kendall to Florida City was amazing. I moved down there about a week after the storm as part of a construction team, and stayed for three years. I lived in Florida all my life, and have been through about a dozen hurricanes, but I never saw such widespread destruction. It was as if a 30 mile wide tornado hit the area.

It is hard to believe that it was 30 years ago.




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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 12:02 PM

7. I just started a new job in hospital between Ft Lauderdale and Miami. I volunteered to work

the "hurricane" shift, not before or after. My thinking was what better place to ride out the storm? Food, water, shelter.. Looking out the 3rd floor window at 2 am did not look too bad but the aftermath told a different story.
Being a ham radio operator I also volunteered to man the radios incase the phone system went down. All the hospitals had ham radios just in case.
The most harrowing part was listening to the fire rescue transmissions from Homestead. The rescue and fire fighters were going nuts down there. Some pretty gruesome stuff happened.
Andrew I think was a direct hit in Homestead. It was suppose to hit Miami but took a jog to the left and hit Homestead. I have been gunshy of hurricanes ever since and that was in 1992! The pucker factor goes up when I hear about a hurricane coming close... YMMV
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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2022, 03:58 AM

8. are they still doing overpriced shoddy construction?

with design flaws?

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