Aug. 24: Hurricane Andrew Anniversary, Katrina Forms
(KTVI)-On Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew slammed into southern Florida, devastating the cities Homestead, Florida City, and parts of Miami. The storm then continued northwest across the Gulf of Mexico, striking the Louisiana coast. Andrew caused 15 deaths directly, 25 deaths indirectly, and $30 billion in property damage, making it the costliest disaster in U.S history.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 24. It crossed southern Florida as a Category 1 hurricane before strengthening rapidly to a Category 5 in the Gulf of Mexico. It made a second landfall as a Category 3 storm on August 29 in southeast Louisiana.