We received several hundred responses when we called out to our audience for stories about Hurricane Andrew. As we learned while doing the “Remembering Andrew” project, people who experienced Hurricane Andrew still have vivid memories they are eager to share.
Mark Reagan in elementary school–he’s in front, wearing a black t-shirt. (Photo courtesy of Mark Reagan.)
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Mark Reagan sent us this personal essay after we asked listeners to share their experiences of Hurricane Andrew. Reagan is now the cops and courts reporter for the Brownsville Herald.
I was 8 when Andrew charged at us with its fury. I lived with my parents and two sisters in a house on Jamaica Drive in Cutler Ridge.
We evacuated to Kendall to weather the storm in a house on a small hill. I don’t remember what the drive there was like. I don’t really remember what we ate. I remember what we watched. Our eyes were glued to the TV news. At some point my sisters and I piled into a bed and the adults stayed up all night. And then it was 4 a.m.
Today is the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew in South Florida. The culmination of our “Remembering Andrew” project is our one hour documentary special, hosted by Kenny Malone and Alicia Zuckerman, with production help from Sammy Mack, Trina Sargalski and the entire WLRN-Miami Herald News team.
Last week, WLRN premiered part of its “Remembering Andrew” radio documentary Thursday to an audience at Miami Science Museum.
Bryan Norcross was an invited guest. Norcross, of course, became famous for his ongoing coverage of and guidance during the storm.
During a panel discussion following the airing of the first part of the special, Norcross talked about his memories of the people he talked to during the storm and the region’s struggles afterward.
Norcross also had a warning for the audience. He said many things have changed since that massive 1992 hurricane. Back then people relied on their transistor radios and battery-powered TVs to get information, Norcross said.