Hurricane Andrew made Floridians take hurricanes seriously again

In the grim accounting of tropical storms, Hurricane Andrew, a compact Category 5 storm that hit South Florida 30 years ago, sometimes gets lost. 

In terms of death toll and dollar damage, Andrew can’t compare to Super Storm Sandy in 2012, or that wild hurricane year of 2017 that ended with four hurricane-name retirements (Harvey, Irma, Maria, Nate) and more than 3,000 deaths across the Southeast and the Caribbean.

Not to mention 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina, Dennis, Rita, Stan and Wilma, left behind $171 billion in damages, much of it in the submerged city of New Orleans. 

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