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Never forgetting Hurricane Andrew

By Mark Young, SouthFloridaReporter.com Managing Editor, Aug 24, 2015 – It was 23-years-ago today when Hurricane Andrew struck south Florida. While not a noteworthy anniversary date, the destruction left by this Category 5 hurricane will be remembered by those who lived through it.

One of those is Al Sunshine, who lived in ground zero when Andrew struck. His house destroyed, his neighborhood in rubble, his family alive, are all memories he will never forget.

In 2012, after Hurricane Sandy decimated large areas of the northeast, Al aired a story on CBS recalling that night of terror during Andrew in a story called – Changing “Hurricane Victims” Into “Hurricane Survivors.”

As South Florida dodges the remnants of Hurricane Danny, and is keeping an eye on two waves out in the tropics, Al recalled that story in a post on his Facebook page:

On the eve of Hurricane Andrews’ latest anniversary, you may enjoy reading this from a few years ago. We’re Storm Survivors, NOT Storm Victims. This was written for CBS after Hurricane Sandy swept thru the East Coast. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. – Al Sunshine

We were hiding in the closet as we heard what sounded like freight trains going over our home at about 2:30 in the morning.

Shortly after that, we heard all the windows in the house explode.

Suddenly the storm winds sounded a lot closer than ever.

About 20 minutes later we felt rain drizzling down on us along with the roof insulation.

Al Sunshine writes consumer related stories for the South Florida Reporter.

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