We’ve been listening to your stories and memories of Hurricane Andrew and life afterward. Many people have told us that one of their strongest memories from after the storm is how neighbors–who might have usually just walked from their car to their door without saying hello–banded together.
In one Cutler Bay neighborhood, people were already friendly and helpful. As the storm was coming, they helped each other put up shutters. But after the storm, the neighbors became a kind of surrogate family.
The people who live there call it their cul-de-sac. It’s really more like a park. After Hurricane Andrew neighbors were all trying to figure out what the heck had happened and what to do about it. Donald “Thumper” Perry lives on the cul-de-sac.
We’re psyched to be able to share a piece of archival Hurricane Andrew ephemera from a familiar voice for some South Florida radio listeners. Joe Johnson has been a DJ at Majic 102.7 for the last 25 years. He hosts the nationally syndicated “Beatle Brunch” show.
A couple of days after Hurricane Andrew hit, Johnson was on the air doing his part. He was feeling a little helpless, so he started,“looking for songs that would help paint the picture of what was going on down here. Songs like 'Lean on Me'or 'America' or 'Come Together'.” He finally decided “Riders on the Storm” by The Doors would be the perfect song to accompany an audio snapshot of life after Hurricane Andrew.
For Susan Holtzman, the really terrifying parts of Hurricane Andrew didn’t begin until the day after the storm. Susan was nine months pregnant at Baptist Hospital in Kendall. It was the day before she was due to give birth.
She compares what she saw to a movie:
…the railroad yard scene in Gone with the Wind where there were just wounded lying everywhere. I mean there were just people everywhere that were hurt. And there’s a few I remember: there’s a man that had weathered the storm on a boat in a marina and had debris embedded in his back because he had been exposed to the wind.