20 years since Hurricane Andrew


NBC News

As Hurricane Isaac begins to strengthen, it was 20 years ago today, when Hurricane Andrew slammed into South Florida, leaving path of destruction in its wake.

Originally classified as a Category 4, the monster storm was reclassified in 2002 as a Category 5.
That means it packed sustained winds 157 miles per hour or higher.

Andrew was the first named storm of the 1992 hurricane season.

Andrew struck the tip of Florida first, then crossed the Gulf of Mexico and raged ashore in south-central Louisiana.

The storm is blamed for killing 25 people in the United States, and it's still the third-costliest hurricane in U-S history, requiring more than 26-billion dollars to undo the damage.