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Hurricane Andrew 20th Anniversary

Hurricane Andrew 20th Anniversary
At the time, Andrew was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history.

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Twenty years ago, Hurricane Andrew came ashore in southern Florida with winds gusting up to 174 miles per hour and tidal surge swelling as high as twelve feet. At the time, Andrew was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history. The huge storm devastated the area, killing 41 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. The American Red Cross sprang into action, sending more than 12,000 trained disaster services workers into Florida, where they opened more than 225 shelters, served almost five million meals, distributed more than 42,000 comfort and clean-up kits from a fleet of 88 emergency response vehicles, and provided family services and mental health support.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.