On this date 30 years ago – Saturday, August 15, 1992 – nobody was thinking about hurricanes. The system that would become Hurricane Andrew was a distant disturbance on the other side of the ocean.
Unbeknownst to us in South Florida, it was less than 9 days from landfall. We had no thought, of course, that this tropical disturbance would turn into a hurricane, let alone explode into a Category 5.
At 11:30 AM that Saturday morning, NHC forecaster Lixion Avila noted that the "cloudiness and showers… had become a little more organized." The disturbance was speeding to the west at 20 to 25 mph.
It would take another day and a half before the system would acquire a defined circulation.
In 2022, the tropics are expected to remain quiet for the rest of this week, at least.
Three decades ago renowned hurricane specialist Bryan Norcross did a 23 hour marathon broadcast as Hurricane Andrew slammed into the Florida coast. His broadcast was the only one to stay on the air and many people’s only link to the outside world during the worst of the storm. He is credited with savings countless lives due to his life-saving advice. Now 30 years later Bryan will re-live the storm that devastated South Florida and look at the infrastructure changes that resulted. Watch The Wrath of Hurricane Andrew: Tragedy and Triumph on FOX Weather, premiering August 23rd and 24th at 10 P.M. EDT.