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In Hurricane Andrew's Wake
Killing 44 people and causing $26.5 billion in damages, Hurricane Andrew wiped out more than 125,000 South Florida homes in 1992, making it one of the most expensive hurricanes of all time. Now, with Hurricane Irma tracking toward Florida, the Southeast U.S. is bracing itself for what may be another devastating weather event. Miami has ordered partial evacuations already, and even announced the Wednesday closure of Key West Airport in anticipation of Irma making landfall. What is Florida afraid of? Refresh your memory by looking at these photos of what happened in Hurricane Andrew's wake.
Here, Palm and coconut trees snap back during a gust, as other trees litter Ocean Drive in the Art Deco section of Miami Beach.
This article originally appeared on Fortune.
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Hurricane Andrew pounded Black Point Marina on Biscayne Bay.
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Using one of few working phones in the area, a South Miami resident makes a phone call on Aug. 25, 1992, while another man waits for his turn amid the rubble of a destroyed business.
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The water tower, a landmark in Florida City, Fla., stands over the ruins of the coastal community that was hit by the force of Hurricane Andrew.
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Nowhere to Go
Joan Wallach, left, and her daughter Brenda, right, walk through the debris that was the Royal Palm Trailer Court in Homestead, Fla. on Aug. 25, 1992, carrying the only possessions they could salvage from the trailer they lived in before Hurricane Andrew hit the South Florida city.
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Piles of Debris
A white car sits among flattened buildings following Hurricane Andrew.
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Food and Water Shortages
A grocery store posts a sign letting victims of Hurricane Andrew know that they are out of food and water.
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Struggling for Supplies
Migrant workers reach for supplies of food and clothing distributed from the back of a truck in Florida City, Fla. on August 27, 1992. The items were donated by citizens of Key West. The workers live in an area devastated by Hurricane Andrew.
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Millions in Damage
A group of people sift through the rubble of a house that was directly in the path of a tornado spawned by Hurricane Andrew on Aug. 28, 1992. Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards has estimated property damage from the hurricane from $70 to $100 million, and at least $200 million in damage to the sugar crop.
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Jesus Cruz, 7, sleeps on a cot at a Red Cross shelter in Homestead, Fla. on Aug. 29, 1992. His family had saved their money for years to buy a home in nearby Florida City just three months prior, but they lost everything they had when Hurricane Andrew devastated the area.
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Emergency supplies are taken off a military helicopter at the Campbell Middle School in Homestead, Fla. on Aug. 29, 1992, for distribution to victims of Hurricane Andrew, which ripped through the area.
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Tents are erected on Aug. 31, 1992 to house those who were left homeless by Hurricane Andrew.
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George and Barbara Bush Land
President George H. Bush checks a cot set up in a tent that is part of a “tent city” being build at Homestead, Fla. on Sept. 1, 1992 for homeless in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. With the President is his wife, Barbara, right.
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Bill Clinton's Visit
Then-Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton is greeted by a pair of young victims of Hurricane Andrew during a visit in Florida City on Sept. 3, 1992 to the Homestead and Florida City areas where the powerful storm came ashore on Aug. 24.
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Helen Benedetti stands among the rubble of a trailer park in Florida City, Fla. on Sept. 4, 1992, along with her insurance company representative Pete Gillespie of Dallas. Benedetti had lived in the park for more than six years.
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What is left of one neighborhood after Hurricane Andrew ripped through the area in South Dade City, Fla., on Sept. 1, 1992.
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A U.S. Air Force C-130 flies low over a tent city for hurricane homeless in south Dade County, Fla., attacking swarms of mosquitoes with the insecticide dibrom on Sept. 8, 1992.