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Andrew was a small and ferocious Cape Verde hurricane that wrought unprecedented economic devastation along a path through the northwestern Bahamas, the southern Florida peninsula, and south-central Louisiana.
Satellite pictures and upper-air data indicate that Hurricane Andrew formed from a tropical wave that crossed from the west coast of Africa to the tropical North Atlantic Ocean on 14 August 1992.
Andrew was a category 4 hurricane when its eye passed over northern Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas late on the 23rd and then over the southern Berry Islands in the Bahamas early on the 24th.
www.nhc.noaa.gov /1992andrew.html   (5829 words)

Hurricane Andrew could be traced back to an easterly wave that developed near Lake Chad in North Africa during the second week in August, 1992.
Hurricane Andrew weakened slightly as it passed through the Bahamas and the central pressure rose to 941mb.
Andrew continued northeastward and was downgraded to a tropical storm during the afternoon on August 26, 1992 when the center of circulation was between Baton Rouge and Lafayette.
www.stormtrack.org /library/damage/andrew.htm   (2523 words)

 Hurricane Andrew & Upland Forest Succession in Biscayne National Park
Because the frequency of hurricanes in the Florida Keys (and elsewhere in the Carribbean) is well within the maximum longevity of most resident tree species, adaptations which contribute to resistance, recovery, and/or regeneration in their aftermath are likely to have evolved.
Hurricane Andrew provided some opportunities for establishment of early-successional species, but these were for the most part confined to large openings in one of the two stands studied.
The impact of Hurricane Gilbert on trees, litterfall, and woody debris in a dry tropical forest in the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula.
www.fiu.edu /~serp1/projects/hammocks/bischamm.html   (7327 words)

 Hurricane Andrew 1992
The tropical cyclone struck southern Dade County, Florida, especially hard, with violent winds and storm surges characteristic of a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale, and with a central pressure (922 mb) that is the third lowest this century for a hurricane at landfall in the United States.
Hence, Andrew is estimated on 20 August to have been a tropical storm with 40 kt surface winds and an astonishingly high central pressure of 1015 mb (Figs.
Although the hurricane weakened about one category on the Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale during the transit over land, and the pressure rose to about 950 mb, Andrew was still a major hurricane when its eyewall passed over the extreme southwestern Florida coast.
www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov /andrew92.html   (5508 words)

 NOAA Home Page - Hurricane Andrew   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Hurricane Andrew was the most destructive United States hurricane of record.
Andrew caused 23 deaths in the United States and three more in the Bahamas.
The hurricane caused $26.5 billion in damage in the United States, of which $1 billion occurred in Louisiana and the rest in south Florida.
www.noaa.gov /hurricaneandrew.html   (286 words)

 Effects of Hurricane Andrew (1992) on Wetlands
Hurricane Andrew was a small but powerful storm that caused massive destruction along a path through southern Florida and south-central Louisiana in late August 1992 (fig.
Andrew also produced a negative surge of as much as 3 feet below sea level along the coast from about 10 miles west of landfall to the Texas State line, as the counterclockwise winds west of the hurricane's eye pushed water away from the shore.
Because the hurricane was moving in a northwesterly direction at the time of landfall, areas near landfall experienced a negative surge as the hurricane was to the southeast, then a positive surge as the hurricane moved past and was to the west.
water.usgs.gov /nwsum/WSP2425/andrew.html   (2075 words)

 Hurricane History
Andrew's peak winds in south Florida were not directly measured due to destruction of the measuring instruments.
Isabel became a hurricane on September 7th and rapidly intensified to Category 4 hurricane strength on the evening of the 8th while the eye was located more than 1100 miles to the east of the Leeward Islands.
Rita, the third Category 5 hurricane of the season, was a destructive and deadly hurricane that devastated portions of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana and significantly impacted the Florida Keys.
www.nhc.noaa.gov /HAW2/english/history.shtml   (12224 words)

 NOAA Press Release
In their re-analysis of Hurricane Andrew's maximum sustained surface-wind speeds, the NOAA/National Hurricane Center Best Track Committee, a team of hurricane experts, concluded winds were 165 mph - 20 mph faster than earlier estimated B as the storm made landfall.
In 1992, Andrew's wind speed was estimated at 75 to 80 percent of the aircraft observations.
Hurricane Andrew was a Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale at time of landfall, with Category 5 winds occurring in a small area on the immediate coast having open exposure to Biscayne Bay.
www.nhc.noaa.gov /NOAA_pr_8-21-02.html   (809 words)

 Hurricane Andrew: august 16 - august 27, 1992
Andrew first became a tropical depression on August 16 and on August 17, became the first tropical storm of the season.
August 26, Andrew made landfall again, this time in south central Louisiana, with a central pressure of 956 mb and sustained winds approaching 120 m.p.h..
The hurricane quickly weakened and became a depression 24 hours later, as it was turned sharply northeastward and merged with a frontal system over the eastern United States.
ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu /(Gh)/arch/cases/920824/home.rxml   (293 words)

  Hurricane Andrew   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Hurricane Andrew was the most destructive hurricane ever to hit the United States of America, raging from August 16 to August 28 of 1992.
Andrew's peak winds in south Florida were not directly measured due to destruction of the measuring instruments.
Andrew produced a 17 ft storm surge near the landfall point in Florida, while storm tides of at least 8 ft inundated portions of the Louisiana coast.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/hu/Hurricane_Andrew.html   (475 words)

 Jay Barnes on Hurricanes | Florida's Hurricane History | Andrew (August 23-26, 1962)
Andrew was certainly a powerhouse when it hit Florida, a strong category 4 with all the trimmings.
Andrew's power was painfully evidenced in the broken, stripped, and tattered landscape of South Dade County after the storm.
Around midnight, while Andrew was still more than 100 miles east of Miami, aircraft reconnaissance reports and satellite images confirmed that the storm's eye was experiencing cycles of eyewall replacement, a phenomenon sometimes seen in intense hurricanes.
www.ibiblio.org /uncpress/hurricanes/fl_andrew.html   (1215 words)

 The Story Of The Power And Fury Of Hurricane Andrew.
Andrew was the most powerful hurricane to hit South Florida in almost 30 years, and it ended up being the most costliest disaster in United States History.
Andrew changed the landscape of South Florida completely, and forever from the actual storm damage to the social repercussions in the wake of the storm, to the way in which Floridians prepare.
Andrew's central pressure, the pressure measured in the eye of the storm, was the third lowest of any hurricane to make landfall in the United States with 922 mb, or 27.22 inches of Hg.
www.hurricaneville.com /andrew.html   (805 words)

 Hurricane Shutters - Hurricane Storm Shutters   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A alternative to Hurricane shutters are impact resistant windows and doors, built to withstand flying debris genrated by hurricanes..
Hurricane storm shutters are products designed to limit damage to window and door openings caused by high winds and flying objects.
Hurricanes Charley and Andrew were instrumental in an industry-wide upgrade of the standards for "storm shutters".
www.gulfatlanticindustries.com /hurricane-shutters.htm   (362 words)

 Hurricane Andrew
Hurricanes and typhoons (as Pacific hurricanes are called, from the Chinese tifun) are intensely violent storms with sustained winds of at least 120 km/h.
Hurricanes generally move in a path that is measured on a parabola graph.
Hurricane Andrew cut a ruinous course across South Florida on the 25th of Augest,1992, leaving thousands of people homeless, and then sailed into the Gulf of Mexico headed for a second landfall.
pages.prodigy.com /SBHV44A/andrew.htm   (930 words)

   [ Warning ]   :: Hurricane Andrew ::  Chris Mason   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The winds in Hurricane Andrew wreaked tremendous structural damage, particularly in southern Dade County.
Notwithstanding, the loss of life in Hurricane Andrew, while very unfortunate, was far less than has previously occurred in hurricanes of comparable strength.
This area was hit very hard by Hurricane Andrew, and was actually in the centre of its eye, yet they were not warned early enough to prepare for this destructive hurricane.
www.duragrit.com /cm/gallery/hurricaneandrew/warning.html   (1016 words)

 PalmBeachPost.com: Andrew reclassified as Category 5 storm
Andrew's elevation into the deadliest storm ranks makes it one of three Category 5 storms to strike the United States last century.
The reevaluation of Andrew is part of a three-year, $225,000 NOAA project to review hundreds of tropical storms and hurricanes since 1851.
Using new technology introduced in 1997, researchers concluded that the wind speed of some hurricanes at ground level is 90 percent of the wind speed several miles in the air.
www.palmbeachpost.com /storm/content/storm/about/history/andrew.html   (370 words)

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A number of theories exist about their origin, but in the case of Hurricane Andrew, severe damage was inflicted by small spin-up vortices that developed in regions of strong wind-shear found in the hurricane's the eye wall.
Analysis of damage from Hurricane Andrew identified three factors that have the greatest effect on the hurricane resistance of a home: roof coverings, opening protection (windows and doors), and roof sheathing attachment.
Damage from Hurricane Andrew (1992) alone was estimated at more than $25 billion in South Florida and Louisiana and undoubtedly would have been higher had the storm hit Miami directly.
www.lycos.com /info/hurricane--hurricane-andrew.html   (581 words)

 Hurricane Andrew
Andrew moved into an area of strong southwesterly vertical wind shear with a very high surface pressure area just to the north.
Andrew's surface pressure raised to 950mb and it decreased to a category 3 hurricane as it crossed southern Florida.
Andrew was a category 3 hurricane when it made landfall in Louisiana, but it weakened rapidly soon after.
snrs.unl.edu /amet451/musfeldt/andrew.html   (628 words)

 Hurricane Andrew
As Hurricane Andrew struck Southern Florida in August of 1992, it was classified as a category 4 Hurricane on the Saffir/Simpson scale.
It is possible that many hurricanes achieve their peak winds over the ocean, but that usually doesn't affect many people and typically is difficult to gauge unless the hurricane's peak winds hit one of the buoys that is sparsely spread throughout the ocean.
Hurricane Andrew was reclassified as a Category 5 hurricane (one of only three to ever make landfall in the US) with winds estimated to be about 165 mph.
weathersavvy.com /Q-Hurricane1.html   (385 words)

 NASA CORE - Publications/Hurricane Andrew Poster
Hurricanes are large weather systems with strong winds rotating around a calm center, the eye.
A hurricane starts as a tropical storm that gains heat energy and moisture as it drifts northward over the warm waters, such as those of the Caribbean Sea of the Gulf Stream.
A hurricane is fed by warm ocean waters, so once it starts to cross land, deprived of heat and energy and dragged apart by friction, the storm dissipates, but often not until it has caused massive destruction to people and property.
catalog.core.nasa.gov /core.nsf/item/300.1-22P   (162 words)

 Hurricane Andrew
Another characteristic of hurricanes is their massive size that measures from 200 to 300 miles in diameter.
Hurricanes that develop in the Northern Hemisphere rotate in a counterclockwise motion and in the Southern Hemisphere they rotate in a clockwise motion.
Damage, Costs, and Deaths: Hurricane Andrew was the third strongest hurricane to hit the United States in the 20th century and the largest to hit Florida in 30 years.
www.geo.arizona.edu /~ldix/g256/hurricanes.html   (1140 words)

This is an overhead view of Hurricane Andrew as it approaches Louisiana on August 25, 1992 at 20:20 UT. The cloud data are from GOES-7 (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite), while the vegetation is derived from AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometers).
As water vapor evaporates from the warm ocean surface, it is forced upward in the convective clouds that surround the eyewall and rainband regions of a storm.
Ten years ago, on August 24th, 1992, Hurricane Andrew developed in the Atlantic Ocean and became one of the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history as it caused massive damage in south Florida.
www.gsfc.nasa.gov /topstory/2002/20020823andrew.html   (923 words)

 Hurricane advisories : Hurricane Andrew track map
Andrew was the costliest and most destructive Hurricane so far, with damage estimates of more then 25 Billion dollars.
Andrew then moved out into the Gulf of Mexico and turned NW and headed to Louisiana.
Andrew made landfall in a lightly populated area of Southern Louisiana about 20 miles southwest of Morgan City as a category 3 Hurricane.
www.hurricaneadvisories.com /andrew92.html   (178 words)

 Hurricane Andrew Overview
Hurricane Andrew was the third most intense storm at the time of landfall to strike the U.S. mainland this century.
Andrew made a second U.S. landfall on a sparsely populated section of the south-central Louisiana coast as a category 3 hurricane.
Immediately after the passing of hurricane Andrew through south Florida a large turbidity signal is apparent in the vicinity of Florida Bay, Florida and to the north as well as in Biscayne Bay, Florida (on the east coast).
www.csc.noaa.gov /crs/cohab/hurricane/andrew/andrew.htm   (320 words)

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