Monday, September 1, 2008

Andrew...16 years ago

Was the last time my family and myself saw a large hurricane. Thats a long time living in the south to see one.

I called my family and everyone is fine thus far. The eye-wall had just fences and roofing was coming off. I don't think Gustav got quite as big as Andrew, but when people haven't had one in 16 years, everything is big.

s the high pressure system to its north weakened, a strong mid-latitude trough approached the area from the northwest. This caused the hurricane to decelerate to the northwest,[3] and winds decreased as Andrew approached the Gulf Coast of the United States. At 0830 UTC on August 26 the cyclone made its final landfall in a sparsely populated area of Louisiana about 20 miles (32 km) westsouthwest of Morgan City with winds of 115 mph (185 km/h).[10] Hurricane Andrew weakened rapidly as it turned to the north and northeast, and within ten hours weakened to a tropical storm.

In 2002, as part of an ongoing review of historical hurricane records, National Hurricane Center experts concluded that Andrew had sustained winds of 165 mph (265 km/h) briefly before and during landfall, making it a Category 5

Berwick, Louisiana reported sustained winds of 96 mph (154 km/h) with gusts to 120 mph (193 km/h). The highest gust of 173 mph (278 km/h) was reported from a drilling barge on Bayou Teche in coastal St. Mary Parish, Louisiana.[21]

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