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On the morning of August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall in South Florida. It has been listed as one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States, and the third category 5 hurricane to make land fall in the United States.
Rare phenomenon: Only three Category 5 hurricanes (the highest category on the hurricane strength scale) have hit the United States since the beginning of the 20th century: the 1935 Florida Keys Labor Day Hurricane, Hurricane Camille in 1969, and Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida near Homestead as a compact Category 5 system in the early morning hours of Aug. 24, 1992. After buzz-sawing through Miami-Dade County, Andrew proceeded to hit the Louisiana Gulf Coast west of New Orleans. At the time, it was the costliest hurricane to hit the United States, leaving 26.5 billion dollars in damage in 1992 dollars.