14 Years Ago

Hurricane Andrew, which would set the standard for destruction for many years, formed as a tropical storm 14 years ago today. Here is the first named advisory from the National Hurricane Center:



TROPICAL STORM ANDREW ADVISORY NUMBER 3
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
11 AM AST MON AUG 17 1992

....FIRST TROPICAL STORM OF THE SEASON FORMS IN TROPICAL ATLANTIC...

SATELLITE PICTURES INDICATE THAT THE DEPRESSION IN THE TROPICAL
ATLANTIC HAS STRENGTHENED DURING THE MORNING AND IS NOW TROPICAL
STORM ANDREW.

AT 11 AM AST...1500Z...THE CENTER OF ANDREW WAS LOCATED NEAR
LATITUDE 13.0 NORTH...LONGITUDE 43.3 WEST OR ABOUT 1175 MILES
...1890 KM...EAST OF THE LESSER ANTILLES.

ANDREW IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NORTHWEST NEAR 25 MPH
...41 KM/HR...AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR
THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MPH... 65 KM/HR...AND
SOME GRADUAL STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES
... 95 KM FROM THE CENTER.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1005 MB...29.68 INCHES.

REPEATING THE 11 AM AST POSITION...13.0 N... 43.3 W. MOVEMENT TOWARD
...WEST NORTHWEST NEAR 25 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS... 40 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1005 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
AT 5 PM AST.
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Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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