An FPL crew from Daytona Beach assesses the damage to a trailer park in Princeton, one of the hardest hit areas of south Dade County.
From the air, miles of sheared rooftops dotted tree-blocked roads. Shopping centers and businesses were left mangled. Emergency officials estimated that the storm caused as much as $20 billion in damage, the most costly natural disaster in U.S. history.
Just as the hurricane of 1926 wreaked havoc on local boatyards, the fury of Andrew is evident in this marina, where boats were tossed on top of each another.
"When I call my family, they want to know what it's like down there. I tell them I just can't explain it and do it justice. It looks like a war zone. I talked to a lady today and asked her how she was doing. All she could say was, `At least I'm alive.' "
A month after Andrew, repair crews had strung 1,700 miles of wire - the distance from Miami to Denver. In addition, crews had replaced 18,700 wood distribution poles, 1,900 concrete transmission poles and 11,000 electrical transformers.