Andrew, 20 Years Later, Third Costliest Hurricane

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Friday, August 24, marks the 20th anniversary of the third most expensive hurricane ever to hit the United States.

Until Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Hurricane Andrew was the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

Andrew made landfall in South Florida as a Category 5 storm, with wind gusts of up to 177 miles per hour.

Andrew devastated the community of Homestead along with parts of Miami. Sixty-five people were killed in the storm, and 177,000 were left homeless.

CBN News Reporter Lee Webb was born is south Florida, where Hurricane Andrew hit hard.  Click play for his recollection of the storm and how the city he grew up in is doing now.

Compared to later storms like Katrina and Rita, which were slow-moving giants, Andrew was a small and fast-moving hurricane.

Because it organized and moved so quickly, residents had only about a day to prepare or evacuate.

Andrew was only the third Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the continental United States.

Adjusted for inflation, Andrew cost $43 billion.

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