Hurricane Andrew made landfall in southern Dade County, Florida, around 5:00 a.m. on August 24, 1992. The tropical cyclone packed sustained winds of at least 165 miles per hour (mph) and caused an estimated $26.5 billion dollars in damage.
Recorded as a Category 5 hurricane, gusts measured during Andrew approached 200 mph. The hurricane caused significant property damage from wind, rain and storm surge as it cut a path of destruction nearly 30 miles wide across southern Florida. Long after the storm disappeared Andrew’s impact was felt in the form of displacement, immeasurable human trauma and environmental change.
Andrew was the most costly hurricane in United States history, in terms of the value of property damaged, until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and the northern Gulf Coast in 2005.
The Miami-Dade County Health Department Collection, part of the Florida Photographic Collection, documents the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Andrew in South Florida.