Friday, August 24, 2012

Hurricane Andrew: 20 Years

Photo by Patrick Farrell / The Miami Herald
Photo by Joe Rimkus Jr. l / The Miami Herald
The Miami Herald newsroom is abuzz with the sound of preparations for coverage of tropical storm activity in the Caribbean that may affect Haiti, Puerto Rico, Cuba and possibly South Florida. Tropical Storm Issac, which has not developed into a hurricane, only reminds us of the dangers of living along hurricane ally as many commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew on August 24th. The violent Category 5 fury ripped through South Miami-Dade killing 15 people and destroying over 28,000 homes, 82,000 businesses and leaving 1.4 million homes without electricity for weeks or months.

Photo by C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald
Photo by Tim Chapman / The Miami Herald
For the anniversary, Miami Herald photojournalist Chuck Fadely produced Then and Now: Scenes from Hurricane Andrew. Miami Herald photographers return to the scene of iconic images they shot twenty years ago during the hurricane and reflect back on what they witnessed. 
Photo by Al Diaz  / The Miami Herald

Photo by Charles Trainor Jr. / The Miami Herald

Photo by Marice Cohn Band / The Miami Herald

Photo by Chuck Fadely / The Miami Herald
Photo by C.W. Griffin  / The Miami Herald
On Saturday, August 25, the Miami Science Museum invite you to Hurricane Andrew Remembrance Day

Peter Andrew Bosh Photo / The Miami Herald
The Miami Science Museum is hosting Hurricane Andrew Remembrance Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at the museum.

The day’s events will include:

•  A planetarium show, “Remembering Andrew Under the Stars,’’ at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

•  Hurricane Forecasting: Then and Now, a panel discussion, from noon to 12:45 p.m., led by Frank Marks, director of the Hurricane Research Division and Chris Landsea, science and operations officer with the National Hurricane Center.

•  Hurricane Andrew Remembered, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., will feature hurricane experts Max Mayfield, former director of the National Hurricane Center, now hurricane consultant on WPLG-ABC 10; Stan Goldenberg, survivor and hurricane researcher at NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division, and Bryan Norcross, former meteorologist with WFOR-CBS 4 and now on The Weather Channel.

•  The Aftermath of Hurricane Andrew from 3 to 3:45 p.m., with Kate Hale, the former director of Miami-Dade Emergency Management, and Richard Ford of the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Team.

•  Theater video presentations: Andrew Specials at 11:20 a.m., 12:50, 2:20 and 3:50 p.m. The program will include television footage covering Andrew before, during and after the storm struck.

Tropical weather briefings at the Magic Planet at 11:45 a.m., 1:15 and 2:45 p.m.; kids’ activity stations where visitors can tell their Andrew stories and write their experiences on cards to be placed on a pinup board.

It’s all free with a paid museum admission. The museum is at 3280 S. Miami Ave. For more information, visit

Chuck Fadely, C.M. Guerrero and Carl Juste prepare for an interview with CBS 4 in Miami on their coverage of Hurricane Andrew 20 years ago. At right is Jose Iglesias.

Miami Herald photojournalist Patrick Farrell is interviewed by Jilda Unruh for CBS 4 about his photographs taken after Hurricane Andrew. 
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