It was later noted that if Andrew had been slightly larger or had made landfall a few miles further north, it would have significantly affected Miami and Fort Lauderdalewhich would have resulted in an even higher damage and death toll. Strong winds from the storm were confined to a relatively small area, stretching from Key Largo to the Miami Beach area.
Hurricane Gilbert A tropical wave exiting the African coastline on September 3rd developed into the 12th tropical depression of the season on September 8th while approaching the Windward Islands.
The cyclone rapidly strengthened to hurricane status on September 10th as a west-northwest motion brought Gilbert into the eastern Caribbean Sea. Gilbert passed directly over Jamaica on September 12th as a major hurricane, becoming the first direct impact for the island from a hurricane since Jamaica was devastated as the eyewall traversed the entire length of the island.
During this period the eye contracted from 25 nmi to only 12 nmi upon exiting Jamaica. Gilbert emerged off the western coastline of Jamaica and began a period of extraordinarily rapid intensification.
The ferocious hurricane strengthened to Category 4 status as its northern eyewall pounded Grand Cayman Island with mph wind gusts early on September 13th. The minimum central pressure of the cyclone plummeted to millibars, which represented a millibar drop in only a hour period.
This minimum central pressure recorded by NOAA aircraft was the lowest pressure ever recorded in the western hemisphere until Hurricane Wilma in Gilbert weakened over the Yucatan peninsula and emerged into the western Gulf of Mexico as a Category 2 hurricane.
The hurricane made its final landfall near the town of La Pesca on the Mexican Gulf Coast on the evening of September 16th as a strong Category 3 hurricane. The deaths from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Venezuela were caused by inland flash flooding from outer rainbands.Early in the morning on August 24, , Hurricane Andrew made its first U.S.
landfall along the eastern coast of the Florida Peninsula. In Dade County, Florida alone, Andrew’s fierce winds damaged or destroyed , homes, leaving at least , people homeless.
Andrew was the costliest hurricane to make landfall anywhere in the United States until Hurricane Katrina in Andrew left major damage in its wake from the Bahamas and Louisiana.
Aug 06, · This is a montage of local television media coverage in Miami and from the Weather Channel on Hurricane Andrew which struck Homestead Florida on August 24th Andrew was the costliest hurricane to make landfall anywhere in the United States until Hurricane Katrina in Andrew left major damage in its wake from the Bahamas and Louisiana.
Hurricane Andrew, the last category 5 storm to strike the United States, made landfall in southern Miami-Dade County near Homestead on Aug. 24, Video Produced by WFO Miami Senior Forecaster Tony Reynes to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew.
Florida International University Video: FIU Remembers Hurricane Andrew.