Mother Nature's Angriest Child

Andrew, costliest hurricane in U.S. history, cuts a destructive swath

It's an odd practice, this naming of hurricanes. Yet anthropomorphizing nature's brutal forces somehow seems to help people cope with the otherwise incomprehensible devastation wreaked by these storms. So it was with Andrew, a ^ simple name for people to curse, fear, blame and remember. Andrew proved a most powerful, if petulant, child, rampaging across the Bahamas and the populous tip of southern Florida and into Louisiana's Cajun country, with strength enough to hoist trucks atop buildings, destroy houses and vaporize mobile homes, impale yachts on pier pilings and even strip paint off walls. With winds up to 164 m.p.h., Andrew...

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