75-mile traffic jam as Andrew roars on
Wednesday 26 August 1992
Hurricane Andrew, one of the fiercest to hit the United States this century, was gathering strength in the Gulf of Mexico and expected to make landfall again last night after causing up to dollars 20bn ( pounds 10bn) of damage in south Florida on Monday.
An estimated 300,000 fled New Orleans and 500,000 more fled the lowlands in the southern part of the state. Shops were packed with people buying canned food and water before they fled their homes, and a 75-mile traffic jam was reported on the road between New Orleans and the state capital of Baton Rouge.
By boat, car, truck and even horse, south Louisiana residents headed for high ground as the storm churned through the Gulf of Mexico with winds of 140 mph toward the state's coastline. 'I'm telling them either leave or let me know their next of kin,' said Bobby Santine, the Civil Defence director for Grand Isle, Louisiana. More than 1.6 million people live in the metropolitan New Orleans area, most of them well below sea level. Police in New Orleans said they saw everything from bread trucks loaded with furniture to pickups filled with children, pets and mattresses heading north through the city.
At least 50,000 homes were destroyed in south Florida and two million people left without electricity. There were reports of looting, with police powerless to stop scavangers.
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
Yemen crisis: Meet the child soldiers who have forsaken books for Kalashnikovs
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...