Hurricane Andrew – 30 years on from devastating storm

Insured losses from the storm in Florida alone were $15.5 billion and economic losses totaled more than $26 billion, according to Swiss Re.

Andrew’s direct death toll has been described by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) as “remarkably low considering the destruction”. Sixty-five (65) people are widely reported to have died indirectly or directly due to the storm.

In Dade County, around 250,000 people were rendered temporarily homeless, the NHC has said. Ninety-nine per cent (99%) of mobile homes in Homestead alone were destroyed, while in southern Dade County 63,000 homes were devastated and an additional 101,000 structures were damaged,

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