Pat Shingleton Column

"Andrew-A Memory Jogger!"

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Posted: Aug 24, 2012 7:39 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Hurricane Andrew, Gustav, Katrina, Old Goodwood

Prior to Katrina, Hurricane Andrew was the costliest hurricane in United States history. As we track Tropical Storm Isaac, Gustav is recognized as the worst storm to hit Baton Rouge. Andrew recorded five official landfalls including its final landing as a category 3 storm on our coast. Storms that cause destruction and extended power outages are sealed in our memories. Twenty years ago tonight, I was in the weather center while outside, howling winds were swaying our 700 foot antenna. After landfall and the last tornado warning, I left the station to check on the family. Similar to Gustav, Old Goodwood resembled a logging site with oak trees strewn like pick-up sticks, intermingled with transformers and power poles; the first storm of the season - in August

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