Before Katrina there was Andrew. During the night of August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew crossed South Dade and the lower South Florida peninsula, leaving devastation in its wake. The third most powerful storm to strike the U.S during the 20th century, it damaged or destroyed homes and businesses, and killed 38 people.
Aside from the years it has taken to rebuild, Andrew had three lasting effects: insurance rates soared; building code standards changed to make new homes more hurricane resistant; and thousands of people moved out of South Dade.
But that was in the future. In the days after the storm, nearly everyone who owned a still-functional camera shot pictures of the astounding havoc. Since then, survivors have given some of these photographs and relics to HistoryMiami, recognizing that Andrew had changed our history.
Professional photographer and South Dade resident Masud Quraishy shot hundreds of slides of the damage and the people coping with the unimaginable. A few years later he gave his pictures to HistoryMiami, and they are now our best (but not the only) collection documenting this storm. One example of his work is to the left of this paragraph: Debris in tree, Homestead. (Image 2005-387-1-3-8).
Browse more images in these pages:
An Altered Landscape - "Pruning by Andrew" left much to be desired.
Andrew Quilt Blocks - See how some women remembered Andrew.
Andrew the Home Wrecker - Houses blew apart while their occupants cowered under mattresses.
Andrew the Wrecker - Demolition derbies are tame compared to a class-5 hurricane.
Business not at Usual - How do you get money when the bank has no electricity?
Camping after Andrew - Tents and trailers provided temporary shelter.
Help from Afar - Volunteers, soldiers, and workers assisted residents coping and rebuilding.
Landmarks - See what Andrew did to our museums, parks, and attractions.
Signs of the Times - Graffiti was never more useful than after Andrew.