Hurricane Andrew was a small yet very intense Cape Verde-type storm that affected the Bahamas, South Florida, and South Louisiana with unprecedented damage (click here for an interactive track). The hurricane inflicted around $25 billion in losses to the United States and stood as the costliest hurricane to affect the U. S. until 2005. As the 20th anniversary of this historic hurricane approaches, let’s take a look at the legacy of Hurricane Andrew.
Andrew's journey began as a tropical wave departing the West African coast on August 14th. By August 16th, the wave was organized enough to be classified a tropical depression, and then a tropical storm on the 17th. Andrew tracked west to northwest across the Atlantic around the south side of a ridge of high pressure. An upper low near Bermuda initially kept Tropical Storm Andrew from developing stronger as convection around the storm was sheared away from the low-level center. Eventually, the upper low weakened and retreated north while a deep ridge of high pressure over the southeastern U.S. strengthened and turned the system back to the west.
Listed below are post-storm reports and meteorological data gathered from Hurricane Andrew.
|Post Storm Reports|
|NWS Lake Charles, LA||NWS Baton Rouge, LA||NWS New Orleans, LA|
|National Hurricane Center||HNHC Hurricane Research Division|
|Storm Surge Inundation Maps|
|SLOSH Model Animation of Storm Surge Inundation Across South Central Louisiana|
|Estimated Storm Surge Depth (subtracting land elevation) Across South Central Louisiana|
|United States Geological Survey Storm Surge Reports|
|Storm-Tide Elevations Produced by Andrew Along the Louisiana Coast, August 25-27, 1992.|
|Effects of Hurricane Andrew (1992) on Wetlands in Southern Florida and Louisiana|
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