Tuesday Schedule Detail
Session Name: Hurricane History~~Twenty-Five Years Later – A Review of Hurricane Andrew and Its Legacy
Still the last landfalling Category 5 hurricane, Andrew remains one of the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history in terms of insurance payouts to people whose homes, vehicles and businesses were damaged by the storm when it struck Florida and Louisiana in 1992. South of Miami, Andrew destroyed entire blocks of homes – 25,000 houses in Miami-Dade County alone – and nearly 100,000 more were severely damaged.Andrew revealed Florida and other coastal state vulnerability to hurricanes had been seriously underestimated, that the insurance industry needed to reassess their exposure to catastrophic storm damage, and more government involvement in managing coastal mitigation and post-storm recovery. It also altered media coverage of landfalling hurricanes and recovery methodology. While Florida suffered catastrophic lost, Andrew made landfall in central rural Louisiana. However, the Atchafalaya Basin experienced severely damaged willow and cypress trees, and an estimated 182 million freshwater fish perished because of the resuspension of anaerobic bottom materials in the water column. Louisiana’s coastal marsh in Terrebonne and St. Mary Parishes was damaged and eroded. Storm surge of at least 8 ft occurred from Vermilion Bay to Lake Borgne. Andrew spawned an F3 tornado in Laplace. The sugar and soybean crops were devastated. Talks are planned from media, post-storm impact, insurance, and natural resource impacts from Andrew.
Day of Week: Tuesday
Time Start: 1:30PM