Monday, August 24, 2009

A Look Back at Hurricane Andrew - 1992

Here is a look back at Hurricane Andrew which made landfall in South Florida 17 years ago today. This was the broadcast by James Spann, Dan Satterfield, and Kevin Selle on WBRC in Birmingham.

From Wikipedia:
Six hours after becoming a hurricane, Andrew was predicted to make landfall near Jupiter, Florida with winds of 105 miles per hour (169 km/h).[8] The hurricane accelerated as it tracked due westward into an area of very favorable conditions, and late on August 22 began rapidly intensifying; in a 24 hour period the pressure dropped 47 mbar to a minimum pressure of 922 mbar.[2] On August 23 the cyclone attained Category 5 status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and at 1800 UTC Hurricane Andrew reached peak winds of 175 miles per hour (282 km/h) while located a short distance off Eleuthera island in the Bahamas.[9] Operationally, the National Hurricane Center assessed its peak intensity as 150 miles per hour (240 km/h),[10] which was upgraded to 155 miles per hour (249 km/h) in post-analysis; the hurricane was re-classified as a Category 5 hurricane twelve years subsequent to the hurricane.[9] A small tropical cyclone, winds of 35 miles per hour (56 km/h) extended out only about 90 miles (140 km) from its center.[11] Subsequent to peaking in intensity, the hurricane underwent an eyewall replacement cycle,[12] and at 2100 UTC on August 23, Hurricane Andrew struck Eleuthera with winds of 160 miles per hour (260 km/h).[9] The cyclone weakened further while crossing the Bahama Banks, and at 0100 UTC on August 24 Andrew hit the southern Berry Islands of the Bahamas with winds of 150 miles per hour (240 km/h).[9] As it crossed over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream in the Straits of Florida, the hurricane rapidly re-intensified as the eye decreased in size and its eyewall convection deepened.[2] At 0840 UTC on August 24, Andrew struck Elliott Key with winds of 165 miles per hour (266 km/h) and a pressure of 926 mbar.[9] The hurricane continued to strengthen up to and slightly after landfall, and 25 minutes after its first Florida landfall Andrew hit near Homestead with a slightly lower pressure and winds of 150mph.[2]


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