I was living in North Miami Beach, and was only a couple of months old in 1992. My parents had some cousins in Kendall, so we went to their apartment there to ride out the storm, since it was originally expected to hit more to the north (Does anyone else notice how Charley was almost a complete repeat of this? Originally planned to hit Tampa, then turning at the last moment and hitting Ft. Myers). And, well, Andrew came, and I was fortunate enough to be right smack-dab in the middle of the f***ing eyewall. No relief from the eye even! Just three f***ing hours of the eyewall!
I heard the storm had one wind gust of 214 mph, so that's where that figure comes from. But that was a gust. The 155 mph sustained wind figure and the National Hurricane Center report is correct.
What I heard is that when the 214 mph wind gust hit, it destroyed all of the weather measuring equipment and knocked down a satellitle antennae on top of the National Hurricane Center. So the winds could've been higher. That might've just been an extrememly rare wind gust. We will never know.
I still get the chills whenever I think about Andrew.
Does anyone happen to know where that Holiday Inn was located? I'm going down into Homestead tomorrow by way of the Turnpike to pick up something that I bought on eBay and wanted to stop and see it as it is now.
EDIT: The Holiday Inn, or whatever it is now, is on the corner of SW. 211th St. and the Florida Turnpike Homestead Extension, just south of the Cutler Ridge Mall.
[Edited 2004-10-09 18:48:00]