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(NPR)   Twenty years ago, Andrew laid waste to the entire state of Florida. "It was like a bomb went off"   (npr.org) divider line 164
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2012-08-23 11:25:15 AM  
Subby may be exaggerating a (HUGE) bit. I live 50 N of Homestead, and all we got was a stiff breeze. Now Wilma was a different experience - no power for 23 days.
 
2012-08-23 11:41:31 AM  
Andrew must be a dick
 
2012-08-23 11:41:58 AM  
Got sent down for relief efforts, remember seeing flattened earth to the horizon. Driving 80 MPH through toll gates because no power n cops were busy stopping looters.

Left with a Coors quart bottle of drinking water that may still be found on top of the bar at the Yukon Tavern in Colorado Springs.

/csb
 
2012-08-23 11:43:05 AM  
I had just joined AT&T out of college and got sent to SoFlo to help restore telephone access.

As a newbie systems analyst. It was quite the experience.
 
2012-08-23 11:43:08 AM  
I was 12 and what was this
 
2012-08-23 11:52:55 AM  

Cewley: Subby may be exaggerating a (HUGE) bit. I live 50 N of Homestead, and all we got was a stiff breeze. Now Wilma was a different experience - no power for 23 days.


Yeah, I was in the Tampa area at the time. I didn't notice anything, other than what was being reported on the news.
 
2012-08-23 11:56:50 AM  

dittybopper: Yeah, I was in the Tampa area at the time. I didn't notice anything, other than what was being reported on the news.


Cewley: I live 50 N of Homestead, and all we got was a stiff breeze.


Andrew was a relatively tiny hurricane. The suspicion is that's one reason it packed such a punch (you know like a skater with her arms out turns slower than if she's got them pulled in).
 
2012-08-23 11:59:37 AM  
I went to Homestead in 2009 and you could still see boarded up and not-yet rebuilt homes while driving past on the freeway. Talking to people there, the description is correct. The place was practically leveled.
 
2012-08-23 12:17:32 PM  

SurfaceTension: dittybopper: Yeah, I was in the Tampa area at the time. I didn't notice anything, other than what was being reported on the news.

Cewley: I live 50 N of Homestead, and all we got was a stiff breeze.

Andrew was a relatively tiny hurricane. The suspicion is that's one reason it packed such a punch (you know like a skater with her arms out turns slower than if she's got them pulled in).


Charlie was small but dense and powerful. And quick. It passed Orlando within two hours. But it looked like God threw a buzzsaw blade across the state from Ft. Myers to St. Augustine.
 
2012-08-23 12:31:42 PM  

SurfaceTension: dittybopper: Yeah, I was in the Tampa area at the time. I didn't notice anything, other than what was being reported on the news.

Cewley: I live 50 N of Homestead, and all we got was a stiff breeze.

Andrew was a relatively tiny hurricane. The suspicion is that's one reason it packed such a punch (you know like a skater with her arms out turns slower than if she's got them pulled in).


We understand why. We were commenting on Subby's exaggeration of the effects.
 
2012-08-23 12:31:48 PM  
It's okay, Florida. Breitbart is dead and won't be able to play Drunken Godzilla on your homes any more.
 
2012-08-23 12:51:41 PM  
If the hurricane was anything like my ex boyfriend named Andrew, he probably left Florida with an empty fridge and some crusty socks behind the dresser.
 
2012-08-23 12:56:18 PM  
I'm not sorry.
 
2012-08-23 01:39:06 PM  
i22.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-23 02:12:50 PM  
That was 20 years ago? Holy shiat I have no concept of time. Seems like it was just a few years ago.
 
2012-08-23 02:13:43 PM  

miss diminutive: If the hurricane was anything like my ex boyfriend named Andrew, he probably left Florida with an empty fridge and some crusty socks behind the dresser.


Because you wouldn't put out?!?!?

/I keed, I KEED!
 
2012-08-23 02:14:24 PM  
In addition, South Florida's building code now requires homes to have storm shutters or impact-resistant glass. Thanks to Hurricane Andrew, it's the strongest building code in the nation tied the hands of small businesses with job-killing regulations.
 
2012-08-23 02:15:34 PM  
20 years ago?

I was in junior high, dickhead.
 
2012-08-23 02:16:07 PM  
Entire state? Hmmm..
Andrew was a relatively small, but extremely powerful hurricane.
 
2012-08-23 02:16:23 PM  
I was in St. Augustine when Andrew hit and there are a stiff breeze at the beach.
 
2012-08-23 02:16:55 PM  
I lived in Fort Lauderdale, lots of trees down and power out but nothing like South Dade.

During Wilma here in the Keys, we got 9-foot storm surge. 3,000-plus cars were destroyed from the saltwater intrusion. Now if a hurricane threatens, everyone looks for what little high ground we have here, like the bridge parking lots.

And now we're waiting to see if Isaac becomes anything to really worry about.
 
2012-08-23 02:17:04 PM  

dittybopper: SurfaceTension: dittybopper: Yeah, I was in the Tampa area at the time. I didn't notice anything, other than what was being reported on the news.

Cewley: I live 50 N of Homestead, and all we got was a stiff breeze.

Andrew was a relatively tiny hurricane. The suspicion is that's one reason it packed such a punch (you know like a skater with her arms out turns slower than if she's got them pulled in).

We understand why. We were commenting on Subby's exaggeration of the effects.


Heh.

Same with Fran here in NC - the path of destruction was pretty narrow, but very intense. Fran also spawned a large number of tornadoes, one of which missed my house by about 60 yards. We didn't have power for 7 days and we live next to a substation.

But outside that band? Life went on as normal. It was pretty odd to drive over to Burlington and see everything open and all the lights on, while back in the Triangle the lights were out and most of the roads blocked by trees.
 
2012-08-23 02:17:14 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: I went to Homestead in 2009 and you could still see boarded up and not-yet rebuilt homes while driving past on the freeway. Talking to people there, the description is correct. The place was practically leveled.


Having lived in Homestead, that's pretty accurate. Lots of a new buildings, practically everything is new. Or at least 20 years old. They made what used to be a military neighborhood into a park, and another old neighborhood just lays abandoned. The buildings removed, but the streets and fire hydrants remain.
 
2012-08-23 02:18:00 PM  
wah wah wah.
You move to a snake and skeeter infested sand spit full of retired jews and swamp yankees and cuban refugees and the oceola boys, even, then you complain about the weather. You know what happens in a Hurracane? The wind blows so hard the ocean gets up on its hind legs and walks right across the land. And singin' this song: Rain rain, go away, little Ralphie wants to play.
 
2012-08-23 02:18:44 PM  
If only it had finished the job and scrapped everything south of Orlando into the Gulf.
 
2012-08-23 02:19:17 PM  
wah wah wah.
You move to a snake and skeeter infested sand spit full of retired jews and swamp yankees and cuban refugees and the oceola boys, even, then you complain about the weather. You know what happens in a Hurracane? The wind blows so hard the ocean gets up on its hind legs and walks right across the land. And singin' this song: Rain rain, go away, little Ralphie wants to play.

0/10, or you really are a racist farking moran.
 
2012-08-23 02:20:18 PM  
I was there maaaan.... it was aaaawsome!
 
2012-08-23 02:21:03 PM  
img826.imageshack.us

RIP Andre
 
2012-08-23 02:21:33 PM  
And people are afraid of retiring to California... what earthquake-wimps these people are.

Pro-Tip: Earthquakes might be scarier, but they're a lot shorter, they *are not* going to level your home and destroy your belongings like a hurricane will, and they won't touch your yachts/boats either.
 
2012-08-23 02:21:59 PM  
"Andrew hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane and barreled toward South Florida. Most residents had less than a day to prepare their homes and to evacuate coastal areas."

Meanwhile with Hurricane Katrina they had like 2 weeks to prepare and people sat on their porches and did nothing.

/can't cure stupid
//death is a good treatment option
 
2012-08-23 02:24:00 PM  

vicejay: Entire state? Hmmm..



Seconded. My Grandmother was living in Melbourne/Palm Bay at the time, and her house was fine.

However....

Back in 2004, that area was hit with two hurricanes, and less than a year later, she moved up here to Washington.

/Boring story, bro.
 
2012-08-23 02:24:23 PM  
Andrew leveled dwayde county. Not the state. Some portions never recovered, like goulds. That storm taught me about the hubris of man and about how government and law and order are fictional. It took the united states military two weeks to reach us. The only government we had was with our neighbors.
 
2012-08-23 02:24:57 PM  

The_Sponge: 20 years ago?

I was in junior high, dickhead.


yippee-kay-yay
 
2012-08-23 02:25:34 PM  
Cheeses Rice this makes me feel old.
 
2012-08-23 02:26:45 PM  

Keys dude: wah wah wah.
You move to a snake and skeeter infested sand spit full of retired jews and swamp yankees and cuban refugees and the oceola boys, even, then you complain about the weather. You know what happens in a Hurracane? The wind blows so hard the ocean gets up on its hind legs and walks right across the land. And singin' this song: Rain rain, go away, little Ralphie wants to play.
0/10, or you really are a racist farking moran.


I think he was quoting Key Largo, at least partly...
 
2012-08-23 02:27:03 PM  

Cewley: Subby may be exaggerating a (HUGE) bit. I live 50 N of Homestead, and all we got was a stiff breeze. Now Wilma was a different experience - no power for 23 days.


Hmmm, maybe you didn't live near enough to the coast... somewhere out there near lake choke-my-obie or some such swamp. I got it, you're probably from Clewiston or Pahokee. ha haaaa.
 
2012-08-23 02:28:45 PM  
My boss has a 20 year old son named Andrew.
 
2012-08-23 02:29:04 PM  

Bullseyed: Meanwhile with Hurricane Katrina they had like 2 weeks to prepare and people sat on their porches and did nothing.


No, it only turned directly towards NO (in violation of all prediction models) with about 24 hours warning. Also the speed at which it grew was also a complete surprise.
 
2012-08-23 02:29:10 PM  
I was 6. It was a bad storm, although I lived in fort lauderdale and rode out the storm at grandmas house in sunrise.

Wilma was the worst in terms of Wtf factor. We went out into the yard during the eye and everything looked fine. Went back inside and fell back asleep. Then we woke up after it passed and it looked like a bomb dropped in the town I was living in.
 
2012-08-23 02:29:22 PM  
Well, 21ish years old, I guess...
 
2012-08-23 02:29:30 PM  

Bullseyed: "Andrew hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane and barreled toward South Florida. Most residents had less than a day to prepare their homes and to evacuate coastal areas."

Meanwhile with Hurricane Katrina they had like 2 weeks to prepare and people sat on their porches and did nothing.

/can't cure stupid
//death is a good treatment option


Until the Friday before the Sunday night/Monday morning landfall, all forecasts for Katrina's landing put it along the Florida Panhandle. 

farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2012-08-23 02:30:25 PM  

WienerButt: I was 6. It was a bad storm, although I lived in fort lauderdale and rode out the storm at grandmas house in sunrise.

Wilma was the worst in terms of Wtf factor. We went out into the yard during the eye and everything looked fine. Went back inside and fell back asleep. Then we woke up after it passed and it looked like a bomb dropped in the town I was living in.


Hello, fellow 26-year-old Florida Farker.
 
2012-08-23 02:30:29 PM  
i survived it!
 
2012-08-23 02:30:54 PM  

Rapmaster2000: In addition, South Florida's building code now requires homes to have storm shutters or impact-resistant glass. Thanks to Hurricane Andrew, it's the strongest building code in the nation tied the hands of small businesses with job-killing regulations.


Not bad, but only 6/10 whout a RON PAUL! reference.
 
2012-08-23 02:30:58 PM  
Hurricane Andrew? Why would you call a hurricane Andrew? What did it show up in a little cravat and a dickey? Smelling of polo sipping of perrier going "Scurry Scurry Andy's coming!"
 
2012-08-23 02:31:10 PM  

Big Man On Campus: Pro-Tip: Earthquakes might be scarier, but they're a lot shorter, they *are not* going to level your home and destroy your belongings like a hurricane will, and they won't touch your yachts/boats either.


The people in Alaska would like a word with you:

web.missouri.edu
 
2012-08-23 02:31:14 PM  
i22.photobucket.com

"There's a hurricane a-comin'!" 
 
2012-08-23 02:31:20 PM  
It kicked the crap out of Homestead and Florida City and it didn't do portions of Southwest LA any favors either. I remember seeing entire houses gone with only the concrete slab remaining. You couldn't find a portable generator within 50 miles of the storm's path. To make fun of a hurricane's destruction (even in retrospect) is stupid, as demonstrated clearly by some of these blatherings.
 
2012-08-23 02:31:37 PM  
That's what they told the public.

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2012-08-23 02:31:53 PM  

PanicMan: Bullseyed: Meanwhile with Hurricane Katrina they had like 2 weeks to prepare and people sat on their porches and did nothing.

No, it only turned directly towards NO (in violation of all prediction models) with about 24 hours warning. Also the speed at which it grew was also a complete surprise.


Also true. However, it's a common misconception that Katrina was a Cat-5 storm upon landing. It *was* a 5 in the Gulf; however, a lot of dry air wrapped in just before landfall, and it came ashore as a strong Cat-3.

And...New Orleans got sideswiped. Much of the wind that was pushing water into the outfall canals (where the walls failed) was Cat-2 variety.
 
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