Hurricane 2012: Before the storm - Hurricane Andrew 20-year anniversary

Homestead, Fla., after Hurricane Andrew struck in August 1992.

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Homestead, Fla., after Hurricane Andrew struck in August 1992.

On Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall in Florida, destroying a large swath of South Florida, most notably the city of Homestead. Two days later, on Aug. 26, Andrew came ashore on the central Louisiana coast as a Category 3 hurricane. Hurricane Andrew was the second-costliest tropical cyclone in U.S. history and killed 23 people in the U.S.

Quick facts

Category 5

The strength of Hurricane Andrew at landfall based on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with maximum sustained winds measured at 165 mph. Andrew was originally measured as a Category 4 storm but was later upgraded to Category 5 status in 2002 based on a reanalysis of wind speeds.

$26.5 billion

The damage caused by Hurricane Andrew in the United States.


The number of homes destroyed by Andrew in Dade County. An additional 101,241 homes were damaged.


Population of Homestead, according to the 2010 Census taken April 1, 2010.

106 percent

Percentage growth of the population in Homestead between 1992 and 2010. The estimated 1992 population of Homestead was 29,431.


The number of housing units in Homestead, according to the 2010 Census.


Median home value of owner-occupied units in Homestead.

28.4 percent

The percentage of people who live below poverty level in Homestead.

Sources: National Hurricane Center, U.S. Census Bureau

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