PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Florida residents are no strangers to hurricanes.
Many can’t help but notice that there are similarities between the current situation and Hurricane Andrew, which hit Florida in late August of 1992.
The eye of that storm came ashore just south of Miami, near Homestead.
Winds from the storm reached 165 mph, the storm surge was 4 to 6 feet, and more than eight inches of rain fell on the region.
Andrew took a similar path that Matthew is currently on, and it happened to be one of the most destructive United States hurricanes on record.
The ’92 storm destruction included flattened neighborhoods, 3300 miles of destroyed power lines, and more than $26 billion done in damage overall to Florida alone.
In preparation for Matthew, Carlos Gimenez, Miami mayor, gave advice to the residents choosing to stay put and wait out Hurricane Matthew as it heads up Florida’s eastern coast.
“You need to stay where you are. You should already be prepared. It’s a good day to stay at home, enjoy family and ride out the storm.”
The Governor of Florida, Rick Scott also asked people to evacuate. “There will be massive distraction that we haven’t seen in years, comparable to what we saw after Hurricane Andrew,” he said.
Andrew claimed responsibility for 23 deaths in the US and three in the Bahamas. Officials say the death toll due to Matthew is already above 280 in Haiti alone.