Posted: 7:11 am Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
By Eliot Kleinberg
Today marks the 18th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, on Aug. 24, 1992. Here’s a reprise of last year’s anniversary posting:
It made landfall about 100 miles south of West Palm Beach, and its hurricane-force winds were only 30 miles across.
But it still knocked out power to 80,000 homes in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.
Its indirect effects on Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast were greater and longer-lasting.
Refugees seeking shelter or passing through jammed local roads already filled with evacuees.
After the storm, the state spent millions in tax money in recovery efforts.
Many people left the wreckage of southern Miami-Dade County for new lives in this region. Building codes were toughened. Insurers went broke paying claims and rates are now almost prohibitive – where you can get them.
But Palm Beach County residents did have an opportunity to help their neighbors in a memorable way.
The state set up a relief distribution center at the South Florida Fairgrounds near West Palm Beach, run by then-emergency manager B.T. Kennedy.
From Aug. 26 to Sept. 27, more than 20,000 volunteers moved 4,500 tons of supplies south.
Read More: Hurricane Andrew: Images from the Killer Storm, by the staff of the Palm Beach Post.