Hurricane Andrew was an early season storm, making landfall on Aug. 24, 1992. If you lived in Miami on this day, you watched as the intense storm with a tightly formed eye barreled toward us. We also got to know CBS4 Meteorologist Bryan Norcross pretty much on a personal level. He was the voice guiding us through the hurricane that would pummel the city, particularly Homestead.
As the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew approaches, several events take a look back at Andrew and its path of destruction and the advancements in hurricane research since then.
1. Hurricane Preparedness with Bryan Norcross: My Hurricane Andrew Story
Meteorologist Bryan Norcross, the voice that guided Miami through Hurricane Andrew, discusses his book, his experiences during that harrowing night and also teach about how to live through a hurricane.
7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Books & Books in Adrienne Arhst Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
2. Hurricane Andrew: 25 Years Later Exhibition special event with Bryan Norcross
HistoryMiami is dropping admission fee on Thursday for its commemorative exhibition and also will host an event featuring Meteorologist Bryan Norcross and New York Times Miami Bureau Chief and former Miami Herald reporter Lizette Alvarez, who will share their experiences while covering Hurricane Andrew. FPL employees will also be on hand to share their experiences working to restore power.
6-9 p.m. Aug. 24 at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-1492
3. Hurricane Andrew 25th Anniversary Commemorative Event
NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Atlantic Oceanographic Meteorological Laboratory presents a program with personnel from its lab as well as the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service Miami Forecast Office and Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management. Panelists discuss Hurricane Andrew and advancements in hurricane research to present day. A Q&A follows the presentation, and there will also be interactive exhibitions and information tables.
10 a.m. Aug. 24 at 4301 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne on Virginia Key
4. Hurricane Andrew: 25 Years Later
More than 200 community leaders and elected officials wil gather to commemorate the anniversary with keynote speaker Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who will share her experiences and whose district includes parts of Homestead. Also, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss and Bob Epling, retired president of CenterState Bank, will receive the Explorer Award for their roles in recovery efforts in the hardest hit areas of Homestead.
11:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at Redland Golf and Country Club, 24451 Krome Avenue (Southwest 177 Ave.), Homestead; $100 per person
5. Exhibit at Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale
Woven into the Museum’s Storm Center exhibition is a mini-exhibit commemorating Hurricane Andrew. It includes photos of the devastation left behind after the storm and is sponsored by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida International University’s Hurricane Center.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday at 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale