Legacy of Hurricane Andrew lives on 25 years later

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Hurricane Andrew (By NOAA / Satellite and Information Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

HOMESTEAD, Fla. One of the most devastating hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. came ashore 25 years ago Thursday in Miami-Dade County.

Hurricane Andrew killed 65 people, caused $25 billion in damage, destroyed more than 25,000 homes and damaged 100,000 others.

“I’ve never seen anything with as much power as that,” said David Reed, who was there as Andrew made landfall.

Slow response from insurance companies, code enforcement problems and unscrupulous builders made it impossible for the hard-hit community of Homestead to rebound quickly.

WINK News anchor Lois Thome visited the storm’s path of destruction one year after landfall:

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