25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

25 years ago today, August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm made landfall in Homestead, Fla. The Hurricane Center measured a peak wind gust of 164 mph. Andrew continued into the Gulf of Mexico before reaching the central Louisiana coast as a Category 3 hurricane. Andrew was blamed for 26 deaths in the U.S. and three deaths in the Bahamas and caused an estimated $26 billion in damage in the United States and was marked as one of most destructive in U.S. history.
Here’s a look back. (AP)

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25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

In this Aug. 24, 1992 file photo, a sailboat sits on a sidewalk at Dinner Key in Miami after it was washed ashore by Hurricane Andrew. Several days after it almost dissipated, Andrew rapidly strengthened and was a Category 5 storm at landfall in Homestead, Fla. The Hurricane Center measured a peak wind gust of 164 mph. Andrew continued into the Gulf of Mexico before reaching the central Louisiana coast as a Category 3 hurricane. Andrew was blamed for 23 deaths in the U.S. and three deaths in the Bahamas and caused an estimated $26.5 billion in damage in the United States. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

This water tower, shown Aug. 25, 1992, a landmark at Florida City, Fla., still stands over the ruins of the Florida coastal community that was hit by the force of Hurricane Andrew. The storm damage to the South Florida area was estimated at $15 billion, leaving about 50,000 homeless. (AP Photo/Ray Fairall)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Richard Cilinceon hugs his wife Mitzi at the site of their house trailer which they moved into in June, in Homestead, Fla., Aug. 25, 1992. Hurricane Andrew destroyed the couple’s home and ruined most of their personal possessions. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

This Aug. 25, 1992 file photo shows rows of damaged houses between Homestead and Florida City, Fla. Two decades after Andrew devastated the area, Homestead and Florida City have doubled in size into a demographically different community, better prepared to deal with hurricanes. (AP Photo/Mark Foley, File)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Joan Wallach, left, and her daughter Brenda, right, walk through the debris that was the Royal Palm Trailer Court in Homestead, Fla., Aug. 25, 1992, carrying the only possessions they could salvage from the trailer they lived in before Hurricane Andrew hit the South Florida city. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Remnants of a trailer park following Hurricane Andrew. (Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Homes were reduced to piles of rubble following Hurricane Andrew. (Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

An armchair and a gabled roof in one piece while the rest of a Jeanerette, Louisiana, house lies in ruins after Hurricane Andrew, 1992 (Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Houses were reduced to rubble from Hurricane Andrew. (Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Residents of a Homestead, Fla. nursing home line the halls of the Richmond Heights Middle School, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1992, in Homestead, Fla. About 70 elderly residents were evacuated Monday, many lacking medicine. Officials said their former residence was wrecked by Hurricane Andrew. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

A resident in Homestead, Fla., asks for help for the entire block, Aug. 26, 1992, after the area was ravaged by Hurricane Andrew earlier in the week. The sign on the roof reads “Help please! The block needs H20, can food, ice, gas, building supplies.” Homestead was one of the hardest hit areas in the wake of the storm. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

A sailboat rests on the Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne with the Miami downtown skyline in the background August 26, 1992 two days after Hurricane Andrew ripped through south Florida. (Rick Wilking /Landov/Reuters)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

A grocery store posts a sign letting victims of Hurricane Andrew know that they are out of food and water. (Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Army personnel pass out supplies from the back of a truck to victims of Hurricane Andrew. (Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Florida National Guardsman Sgt. Jim Urbanik of Tampa holds out his gun to keep people in line as they wait for food at a distribution center in Florida City, Fla., Aug. 27, 1992. Many residents of this south Dade County farming community lost their homes when Hurricane Andrew came through last Monday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Migrant workers reach for supplies of food and clothing distributed from the back of a truck in Florida City, Fla., Aug. 27, 1992. The items were donated by citizens of Key West. The workers live in an area devastated by Hurricane Andrew. (AP Photo/David Bruneau)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Homestead Police Officer Harley Foust puts on handcuffs as he arrests Anthony Minnis inside a destroyed Payless Shoe store in Homestead, Aug. 26, 1992, after Minnis was found inside the store. Police and National Guard troops patrolled against looting in Dade County Wednesday as a dusk-to-dawn curfew remained in effect. (AP Photo/David Bergman)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Orlando Somante, center, sits with his sons Orlando, left, and Jonathan, right, amid the rubble of their home in Cutler Ridge, with signs that warn “Looters Will be Shot”, and “Danger, Crazy Cuban Inside”, Aug. 27, 1992. Their home was one of many in South Dade County that was hit by Hurricane Andrew last Monday. (AP Photo/Gaston de Cardenas)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

An apartment destroyed by Hurricane Andrew overlooks a Miami waterway. (Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Jesus Cruz, 7, sleeps on a cot at a Red Cross shelter in Homestead, Fla., Aug. 29, 1992. His family had saved their money for years to buy a home in nearby Florida City only 3 months ago but they lost everything they had when Hurricane Andrew devastated the area last Monday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

A Mormon church group helps Florida City, Fla. residents clear debris and build roofs in this Aug. 29 1992 file photo, as cleanup continued after Hurricane Andrew moved through the area. (AP Photo/ Lynne Sladky, File)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Emergency supplies are taken off a military helicopter at the Campbell Middle School in Homestead, Fla., Aug. 29, 1992, for distribution to victims of Hurricane Andrew, which ripped through the area last Monday. More than 250,000 persons were left homeless in the storm. (AP Photo/David Bergman)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Hurricane Andrew left one trailer home in complete ruins and surrounding homes untouched in Jeanerette, LA (Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Jerome Mitchell, 10, holds an umbrella as he chats with National Guardsman Toddy Bryan of Palmetto, Fla., at a food and clothing distribution center in Florida City, Fla., Aug. 30, 1992. Food and clothing are being given to victims of Hurricane Andrew. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

A cargo plane flies over Florida City dropping mosquito insecticide on areas hit by Hurricane Andrew, Aug. 30, 1992, as officials work to contain sickness as a result of the storm which struck last Monday morning. (AP Photo/Alfredo Lee)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

In this Sept. 1, 1992 file photo, Janny Vancedarfield sits in front of the debris that was once his house in Florida City, Fla. Vancedarfield lived in this house with six other family members before it was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in September 1992. Two decades later, Homestead and Florida City have doubled in size into a demographically different community, better prepared to deal with hurricanes. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

President George H. W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush and son Jeb visit victims of Hurrcane Andrew in Florida on September 1, 1992. (AP)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Piles of rubble lay outside a Saga Bay condominium following Hurricane Andrew. (Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Members of the Florida National Guard subdue a man outside the Cutler Ridge shoe store after the guard found the store wide open. The unidentified man, carrying a firearm, was wrestled to the ground after guard members though he was looting the store. There was no evidence he was looting. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton is greeted by a pair of young victims of Hurricane Andrew during a visit in Florida City Thursday, Sept. 3, 1992 to the Homestead and Florida City areas where the powerful storm came ashore on August 24. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

This Sept. 4, 1992 aerial picture taken with a fish eye lens shows the devastation left by Hurricane Andrew in Florida City, Fla. As of Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, Ike is still far out in the Atlantic, but it’s getting a close look from those who weathered 1992’s Andrew, the devastating Category 5 storm against which all other Florida hurricanes are measured. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Florida City, Fla., resident Doloris Clark, 74, refuses to leave her home which was badly damaged by Hurricane Andrew, fearing that thieves would take her remaining belongings, Sept. 6, 1992. A bust of Christ sits in the background. (AP Photo/John Moore)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

A Blackhawk helicopter hovers over two members of the 49th Quartermaster Detachment from Fort Bragg, N.C., as they attach a sling to it, carrying supplies for victims of Hurricane Andrew, Sept. 11, 1992, at the Homestead Humanitarian Depot. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Vice President Dan Quayle and wife Marilyn, left, talk with disaster relief worker Dan Forbes, center, at a site in Florida City, Fla., Sept. 12, 1992 where Hurricane Andrew ripped through a trailer park destroying everything in its path. Quayle toured areas South Florida as well as meeting with victims and military at tent city in Homestead for a roundtable discussion. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew – A look back

Leroy Ferguson sits in the bedroom of his Homestead, Fla., home, the only room not destroyed in a fire caused by a kerosene lamp exploding, Sept. 11, 1992. Ferguson rode out Hurricane Andrew in this house built by his mother 67 years ago. (AP Photo/Doug Jennings)