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Hurricane Andrew made landfall 24 years ago today in Florida

Posted at 11:58 AM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 15:31:08-04

Hurricane Andrew made landfall in South Florida 24 years ago today.

At the time, it was the most destructive hurricane to hit the United States.

The monster storm came on shore in the area of Homestead as a Category 5 storm -- the most powerful storm there is.

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The storm clocked winds of 175 mph.

Andrew destroyed some 63,000 homes and left more than 100,000 others damaged.

During the height of the storm, as many as 1.4 million people lost power.

As Hurricane Andrew's anniversary is marked, the Storm Team 5 team is keeping an eye on two systems in the Atlantic.

A Tropical Wave is currently over the Lesser Antilles.  It has the potential to impact Florida this weekend. The storm has an 80 percent chance for development for the next five days.

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