April 29, 2012
It was a warm day in Florida; the August sun was kissing the beach in Homestead. Florida had been experiencing its usual climate when there was an alert. On August 12th, off the coast of Africa; a warm front blew into the sea. Along with some interference with the high pressure coming from the north, the front blew westward toward the Bahamas. On its path it turned into a Tropical Depression. From what we all learned in science class, this meant a hurricane was brewing. By August 16th now a full on Hurricane; Andrew had just left Barbados. It had garnered convection and had estimated winds of 50 mph. While it was dying down, and relatively small there was no need to for emergency procedure. The news died down as the storm stayed overseas, since there were no signs of growth. It wasn't until the storm reached the southeastern Atlantic and met the ridge where it turned bad. The ridge pushed the storm westward. The storm gradually intensified and soon developed an eye; reaching full on hurricane status. Due to the conditions in the gulf, the storm grew bigger and more favorable. With pressure dropping, the hurricane got even bigger and without being monitored got closer to the United States. The pressure drop fed the hurricane's eye, indulging it to a category F4 storm. With winds now at 140 mph, the hurricane charged through the rest of the Bahamas. It reached The Florida Keys on August 22nd with winds of 165 mph.
Reaching Florida at 11pm, residents were informed that precautions to protect themselves and their property should be completed. The evacuations ordered were hectic; a total of 1.5 million were evacuated in all of Florida. Another 27,000 military personnel were dispatched, in addition to tornado warnings. Andrew caused $26.5 billion with most of the damage being felt in southern Florida. Hitting the keys and Dade County at category F5 strength. As the...